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Friday, December 19, 2014

‘Tebowing’ is Now Officially Recognized as a Word in the English Language

That didn’t take long.  Tim Tebow improved his record to 7-1 as the Broncos starter on Sunday with yet another fourth-quarter comeback that led to an overtime victory.  With the win came some serious recognition for Tebow.  By now we are all very much familiar with the concept of Tebowing.  While it may have previously been considered something that people like this NBA star and this Olympic skier do for fun, it is now officially a word in the English language.

According to the USA Today, the Global Language Monitor has officially recognized Tebowing as part of the English language.  It is the act of taking a knee and praying during an athletic contest. The term was created less than two months ago and is already an official word, a feat that the G.L.M.’s press release said “has seldom been equaled, mirroring, for example, the rate of adoption of the word Obamamania in early 2008.”

The buzz that Tebow has created in such a short period of time is unrivaled in the history of professional sports.  When I saw that the Broncos were trailing the Bears by a touchdown with just few minutes remaining in Sunday’s game I thought to myself, “No way.”  Once again, I was wrong.  Tebow continues to win games in unbelievably clutch fashion while the rest of the world gets ridiculous tattoos and prints Christmas cards in his honor.  Now, there is an official word in the English language dedicated to the way he gets down on a knee and prays.  At this point we might as well stop trying to understand it and just enjoy the ride.



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