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Sir Alex Ferguson & Jose Mourinho have phrases added to Oxford English Dictionary

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Footballing phrases coined by Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have formally been added to the newest version of the Oxford English Dictionary.

In its most up-to-date quarterly replace, the OED has expanded its catalogue of footballing phrases forward of the 2022 World Cup to now embrace Ferguson’s ‘squeaky bum time’ and Mourinho’s ‘park the bus’.

The 2 phrases make up a part of a 15-strong addition to the dictionary and have each grow to be iconic items of terminology within the recreation all through the twenty first century.

‘Squeaky bum time’, which was coined by Ferguson in 2003, is outlined as: “A very tense time period, esp. one main as much as the climax of a contest or occasion.”

Mourinho’s ‘park the bus’ is outlined with: “To play in a really defensive approach, usually by having nearly all of outfield gamers near their very own aim and exhibiting little attacking intent.”

Ferguson first used the time period ‘squeaky bum time’ when discussing Manchester United’s rivalry with Arsenal virtually 20 years in the past.

“[Arsenal] have a replay towards Chelsea and in the event that they win it they’d face a semi-final three days earlier than taking part in us within the league. However then they did say they had been going to win the Treble, didn’t they? It’s squeaky bum time and we’ve obtained the expertise now to manage,” he mentioned on the time.

The concept of ‘parking the bus’ turned extremely well-liked following Mourinho’s rise to prominence within the Premier League, successful back-to-back Premier League titles with Chelsea with the type of overtly pragmatic defensive soccer which he’s extensively identified for.

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