The academic world has heaped praise on the inventiveness of tens of thousands of Newcastle and Sunderland fans who bravely took to social networking sites this week in an attempt to outsledge each other ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby.
Gary Flimp, who is Professor in Linguistics and Language at East England University, said that the banter used by the opposing sets of fans was “groundbreaking”.
Prof Flimp said: “We have seen new words invented such as ‘spodbubble’ and ‘scumflip’. We have also seen several existing words spelt in numerous new and creative ways; including ‘darbee’, ‘batter-red’ and ‘kikin’.
“The creation of any new language is wonderful to see. These insults appear to have replaced some traditional language in the North-East lexicon; words such as ‘trophy’, ‘cup-winners’ and ‘successful’”.
Meanwhile, QPR owner Tony Fernandes has admitted the club have made plans for relegation back to the Championship.
It is understood that these plans consist mainly of hiring Mark Hughes and continuing to play Anton Ferdinand in defence.
Finally, it was rumoured that after their Carling Cup success, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish briefly smiled on Sunday evening at around 7.30pm for approximately 4 seconds.
No photographic evidence was obtained.
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