Oxford University Press has announced that the word ‘Spursy’ will be included in the ever popular Oxford English Dictionary from this year.
The term, which means to constantly fail living up to expectations, was invented by Tottenham Hotspur fans who had grown tired of watching their team unceasingly collapse at the first sign of pressure, and will now officially enter the English lexicon with the latest release of the English language’s lexicon of record.
A spokesperson for the Tottenham Supporter’s Trust said: ‘It’s immortality of a sort, I guess. We’ve grown used to watching our side bottle it in spectacular fashion over the years, and I even suppose we’ve come to expect it’.
As if to celebrate the inclusion, this week saw the North London club defeated at home by title challenging rivals Leicester City 1-0, despite enjoying sixty percent of possession. However, recording just five shots out of a total of twenty one on target, leaving the gigantic Robert Huth unmarked to head home the game’s only goal from a corner was, as a number of Spurs fans pointed out after the game – ‘typical fucking Tottenham’.
However, that pales in comparison to perhaps the club’s most famous Spursy moment – their stunning bottle job in the last few months of the 2011-12 season, where, comfortably placed in third, and even with a shot at claiming their first title since 1961, they squandered a thirteen point lead over fourth-placed Arsenal in the run-in and then suffered the indignity of being denied entry into the UEFA Champions League after fellow English side Chelsea – who finished sixth – upset the odds and lifted the coveted trophy.