The most colourful descriptions coming out of the Fifa World Cup—“a stampede of elephants”, “a swarm of locusts”—apply not to any team but to the vuvuzela, a plastic horn with a soundtrack of sustained hooting. It is also a point of hot debate. Critics call its decibel levels annoying and harmful, and demand a ban; supporters protest that the vuvuzela is integral to South African football culture.
Readers can judge for themselves:
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