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The Language of Losing

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The Soccer World Cup is all over the news, and I can’t bear it. Besides the fact that I don’t enjoy soccer as a sport (but that’s a whole other story), what I really can’t stand is the way the Australian media talk about our team’s fortunes (particularly, the lack of them). Naturally, expectations were at their peak at 4:29am last Monday morning, that is, before the first ball was kicked in anger. At that time,…

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