Cambridge University Study Finds Three Most-Used Words to Describe WC Teams

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJuly 10, 2014


England's World Cup squad was...exciting? 

That is wholly debatable, but a recent study by Cambridge University shows the word was widely thrown around to describe the Three Lions' middling World Cup squad. 

Cambridge University's study used the Cambridge English Corpus, a multibillion-word database, along with upwards of 15,000 online sources of the footballing variety to figure out which three words were used most to describe each of the 32 sides that competed in the World Cup. 

The study was concluded after Brazil's beatdown at the hands of Germany, hence the not so optimistic words surrounding the host nation. 

Others are reflective of incidents that dominated headlines, which is why "bite" is Uruguay's most prominent word and "money" is Ghana's. 

Expectations are also evident. Australia were thrashed in their difficult group, but positive words are still associated with the Socceroos. 

Portugal didn't advance out of their group, as a result of goal differential, but they were still associated with disappointment. 

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