Hi, everyone. Nesse episódio do podcast Inglês Online eu vou falar sobre vocabulário em inglês de Twitter e um pouquinho de football.
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Today our podcast episode will be a little different, just because my inspiration was a hashtag that is currently trending on Twitter. OK. Who has no idea of what I just said? Take a look at the first picture on this episode’s page on the blog. See that phrase in bold, with the hash symbol (#)? That is an example of a hashtag. Let’s say you’re posting something about “apples” to Twitter, and let’s say you put the hash symbol before “apples”. By doing that, you have just created the hashtag #apples on Twitter. If someone sees your Twitter post and clicks on the hasthtag #apples, that will take them to a list of all the tweets containing that same hashtag. Same thing happens on Facebook, by the way.
So take a look again at the first picture on this episode’s page. It shows the hashtag #ThingsFootballFansDontSay. I said in the beginning of this episode that this hashtag was trending. What that means is, enough people have posted tweets containing this hashtag… that it has become one of the most popular hashtags on Twitter in that moment. Take a look at the second picture. It says “Trends” at the top. Those were the top ten most popular hashtags in that moment. Those were all the hashtags that were trending in that moment.
So the hashtag that caught my attention was the third one on the list: #ThingsFootballFansDontSay. Bear in mind that these are the trending topics in the United Kingdom, so all the examples I’m gonna read now refer to English football:
So you can see that, according to those, no one would say “I’ll just watch for five minutes”, because apparently it is impossible to watch football for just five minutes. Do you agree with that? Are you a fan? If so, which team do you support? Here’s another one that football fans wouldn’t say… in the UK, at least: call it soccer – it sounds better! Yeah, I think the United States is really the only country in the world that calls it soccer – please someone correct me if I’m wrong. Here in the UK, everyone calls the sport football, so you definitely wouldn’t hear people say “Call it soccer”.
And there’s another one kinda making fun of England’s performance in general, right? Someone wrote “What a performance by England that was!” So apparently people don’t say that a lot. And, finally, someone contributed this one “That manager seems to know what he’s doing”. Felipão, Parreira, Zagallo, these have all been football team managers. So this seems to be something no football fan says: That manager seems to know what he’s doing. I would think that is mostly true for Brazil as well. You hear a lot of criticism towards managers and not a lot of compliments – unless the team becomes a champion under his management, of course.
So I’d like to know your opinions about this topic, especially if you’re the kind that loves soccer, or football! Which team do you support in Brazil? Have you ever watched English football? Do you have a favorite team? I guess some of the most famous ones in the UK are Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Spurs, Manchester United… What else? I don’t know. Let us know in the comments and talk to you next time.
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