Vuvuzelas buzz into Oxford English dictionary

Written by: Samyuktha
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London, Aug 20: Vuvuzelas, which shot up to popularity during the FIFA World Cup 2010 held in South Africa, have now buzzed their way into the latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English.

Among the over 2,000 new entries that made it to the third edition of the dictionary, which was first published in 1998, vuvuzela was one.

The dictionary defines vuvuzela as "a long plastic instrument, in the shape of a trumpet that makes a very loud noise when you blow it and is popular with football fans in South Africa."

The plastic horns grabbed the attention of the world during the football tournament when the players, coaches, spectators in the stadium and audiences across the world were vexed with a constant buzzing sound that lasted as long as the match did.

Even though the sound of the traditional wind instrument of South Africa got on the nerves of many fans, 'Vuvuzela' was voted the word of the World Cup in a survey of global linguists.

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