Is Dundee United really slang for idiot in Nigeria?

30 May 2018 09:00
Plus: the greatest goal difference between two teams finishing next to each other in the league table and has a footballer ever done jury service? Mail us here or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“I’ve recently discovered that, in Nigeria, Dundee United is slang for ‘idiot’ or ‘fool’, apparently the result of a disastrous tour in 1972,” mails Nicholas Reid. “Are there any similar examples of football club names becoming slang terms around the world?”It’s true: Dundee United is slang for idiot in Nigeria. This peculiar fact came to British attention in 2010, during a BBC documentary about the Nigerian capital Lagos. A local man, Chubby, told the filmmakers how life in Lagos is not for the foolish. “Anybody who came to Lagos and he didn’t learn sense, he cannot get sense ever,” said Chubby. “Because here if you are a fool, they will learn you how to get sense. If you are a ‘Dundee United’, when they start to pour shit on you, you will get sense.” Related: Matías Vecino: Uruguay star inspired by family tragedy who said no to Italy Continue full article

Source: TheGuardian