Humblings, hammerings and humiliations: Football’s own lexicon of losing
There’s more than one way to throw three points down the drain.
Spartak Moscow were the unfortunate opponents for Liverpool’s second 7-0 win of this year’s Champions League group stage, but how should fans describe their defeat? Was it a hammering, a humbling, or a demolition?
The vocabulary involved is varied and subtle, with just one goal having the potential to completely rewrite the script. With that in mind, here’s your guide to the lexicon of losing.
You’ve been: Edged out
You’ve been: Beaten
You’ve been: Brushed aside
Get over there, you’ve been brushed aside.
You’ve been: Thrashed
You’ve been: Hammered
You’ve been: Humbled
Gary Lineker tweets a joke about your performance – it receives 10,000 retweets.
You’ve been: Demolished
You’ve been reduced to rubble, brought to the ground, and robbed of your structural integrity – demolished.
You’ve been: Humiliated
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