We've all learned a new word - Vuvuzela - and what a glorious word it is too!
It's an incredibly handy and wondrous addition to English. Use it as a noun, an adjective or a verb, what more could you want from the name of a musical (?) instrument?
It must be common enough in South Africa but we didn't know of it until the FIFA World Cup 2010, now all of us can vuvuzela with the best of them!
OK, so it sounds like a maddened elephant, but who cares? It's South African after all.
I must confess I'm not a great fan of soccer. I can't even call it football. I've grown up with a totally different game, Australian Rules Football, and I still reckon Aussie Rules is the best game there is.
Mind you, I've enjoyed the Unofficial World Cup of Food (that's my entry by the way) but it's not really the same thing is it? However, when I first heard the startling stridency of the Vuvuzela, my attitude changed. I lost my heart, not to the game, but to the Vuvuzela's urgent call.
Did Joshua use the Vuvuzela to bring down the walls of Jericho? I wouldn't be at all surprised.
Time to take your Vuvuzela!
Wonderful happy song Salutation. I've been playing this in the morning, lunging and stretching.. It certainly beats marching on the spot!
Get your own Vuvuzela!
Go on, be the first of your friends to blow your own vuvuzela. You don't have to confine it to football matches, let your inner raspberry run free!
Hopefully, you have understanding neighbours.
Forget the honking car horn. Express your personality with a hearty blast from your very own vuvuzela.
What does wikipedia say about Vuvuzela?
Acknowledging my ignorance of the Vuvuzela, I headed over to wikipedia to see what others had to say on the subject.
A quick scan told me not very much at all :
..a typical 65 cm (2 ft) plastic blowing horn that produces a loud, distinctive monotone most used at football matches in South Africa ... a symbol of South African football as the stadiums are filled with its loud and raucous sound that reflects the exhilaration of supporters.I already knew that.
What I didn't know was that there's a legal challenge to playing the Vuvuzela. Not for potential harm to the ears of innocent bystanders, no, no, but for actual ownership of the Vuvuzela! A church group claims the Vuvuzela belongs to them, and to them alone.
How about you?
Would you get a Vuvuzela?
What's your opinion?
What do you say about the Vuvuzela?
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All vuvuzeling is greatly appreciated. You don't have to be a Squidoo member to vuvuzela me!
(Note the superbly adaptive nature of the word)