Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Never be rude to an Arab

The Nigerian slang term for an idiot is Dundee United.

As The Sun puts it:

According to legend, the term came about after the Terrors played several friendlies in Nigeria in 1972.

The tour was a disaster - and the term 'Dundee United' had been used ever since to describe someone of low intelligence among Lagos's Yoruba-speaking population.

I guess it's another distinction for a rather curious club. The club started life as Dundee Hibernians and now plays in orange; it's two nicknames are the Arabs* and the Terrors (an unfortunate juxtaposition that).

I once lived in Dundee; ghastly place, give me Lagos any day.


* For rather mundane reasons; they used to put sand on the pitch in winter.

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