How Many Os Does Your Country to Celebrate World Cup Goals?
The number-crunchers at Quartz analyzed Facebook data to find out
When your country scores in the World Cup, do you say “Goooal!” or “Goooooooooal!”?
Turns out, it depends on where you live.
Most languages represented in the tournament have an O in their word for “goal” – “gol” in Spanish and Brazilian Portugese, “tor” in German, “golo” in European Portugese – and the process of extending the vowel sound in ecstasy seems to be a global phenomenon.
But how long to let it go for? Just a little extra boost, or enough letters to fill out a whole paragraph? The answers varied by country. As Quartz found, Mexican fans were most liberal with their celebrations, adding an exuberant 6.63 extra letters on average. Other Spanish-speaking nations weren’t far behind; Uruguay (5.77) was third, while Colombia (5.3) and Ecuador (5.27) placed fifth and sixth, respectively.
At the bottom of the rankings came England, Nigeria and Iran, whose fans preferred to celebrate by posting a single “Goal.” before presumably drinking a glass of lukewarm water and staring at a wall for 20 minutes.
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