Cape Town: "Vuvuzela" has been voted the word of the World Cup by global linguists who said today the tournament will be best remember for the name of South
Africa`s deafening trumpet.
"Long after individual matches and goals are forgotten,
this will be remembered as the Vuvuzela World Cup," said Jurga
Zilinskiene, managing director of London-based firm Today
"Vuvuzela" was chosen by 75 per cent of more than 320
linguists from over 60 countries, who were asked to choose the
word with the biggest impact on the tournament.
"Thanks to the World Cup, vuvuzela has the entered the
shared language of the world and joined the ranks of words
that need no translation," said Zilinskiene.
The tuneless plastic horn blown by fans was a top World
Cup newsmaker and has been snapped up abroad. Experts have
warned it can damage hearing.
The much-debated official Jabulani ball, mascot Zakumi
and the Bafana Bafana national South African team each won
four per cent of the votes.