As a writer, I pay attention to the words people use.
During a discussion on a forum earlier today, someone mentioned that one soccer team “thumped” another, 2-0. I don’t follow soccer, but I found the word use odd.
2-0? That’s it? Two to nothing is a thumping?
I would figure if a team got “thumped”, they got beat pretty bad. 2-0 isn’t bad. 12-0 is bad.
I would call it a “win”, as in “team A won 2-0″ or even something like “team A outlasted team B 2-0″. You could even use the word “beat”, like “team A beat team B 2-0″ (but, and I have to be clear, you can’t call it a “beating”.)
I just found “thumped” to be an interesting word choice. But I’ve seen this before in soccer – announcers will talk about how one team dominated another, and the final score was 1-0.
One to nothing. That’s “domination”???
I must say, I disagree. The whole team scored one friggen’ goal. That’s only one more goal than *I* scored, and I don’t even play.
Happy Memorial Day