Being from America, our profanity consists of (I’ll keep it clean here) shoot, darn, crud, and, well I guess there is no clean version of the “F” word (freak?).
But recently on Twitter, mostly in relation to the British show X Factor, I’ve been seeing a lot of the word “Sod.” Now, I’m sorry if you’re now offended, but me being someone whose life revolves around tennis, I merely though the Brits were referring to Soderling.
So I consulted Wikipedia. Sod, in British English, is a mildly offensive, pejorative term for a person. It has many uses, but particularly implies idleness (as in “lazy sod”). As a mild insult, it can be used affectionately between friends (“How are you, you old sod?”). It can generally be applied to refer to a person in a most basic sense and frequently preceded by a modifying adjective (“That crazy sod almost ran me over!”). Such uses as “Sod it!” and “Sod this” are often exclamations of frustration.
So even after looking up “Sod,” you can imagine why I still thought this referred to Soderling. The main reason? Come tomorrow, Soderling will overtake Andy Murray (you know, that British guy) as the ATP World Tour number 4-ranked player.
Come next week at the ATP WTFs, Murray and Soderling will most likely meet. Their head-to-head is tied at 2-2, but the last two meetings have gone in favor of Soderling.
So, will Andy be a lazy sod? Will Robin sod it? Or will Roger or Rafa sod it up like usual?