Video: how well do Oxford Dictionaries staff know football?
To celebrate the Woman’s World Cup, we took the opportunity to ask people who work for Oxford Dictionaries how well they know the language of football. Having fared acceptably when we asked them about tennis, how will they do when it comes to the ‘beautiful game’?
Once you’ve watched the video, here are the answers:
Dribble: ‘take (the ball) forwards past opponents with slight touches of the feet’.
Clean sheet: ‘prevent the other side from scoring’ (in the expression keep a clean sheet).
Nutmeg: ‘an instance of playing the ball through an opponent’s legs’.
Catenaccio: ‘a very defensive system of play, especially one employing a sweeper’.
Soccer: the word soccer comes from an abbreviation for Association (from Association Football, the ‘official’ name for the game) plus the addition of the suffix –er.