Word of the Day: Mobot – The move taking over the world

We have been regularly looking at a popular word used by the British media throughout the Olympics. In the final ‘Word of the Day’ blog we are highlighting a new word (and craze) that has entered English culture overnight!   Final Olympic Word of the day –


Translation: Mobot – in every language 🙂


To make an ‘M’ shape with your hands above your head

Olympic Story

There is a new craze that’s sweeping the nation -‘The Mobot’. When Mo Farah won the 5,000m and 10,000m races in the athletics, for his victory celebration, he put his hands on his head and his arms made the shape of an M. His friend, Usain Bolt also did the Mobot when he crossed the line in a new world record in the 4 x 100m Relay. Seeing as Bolt is probably the world’s most famous athlete, then if he does the Mobot when he recieves his gold medal, then you know it’s going to be something to take over the world. BTW, Farah reciprocated by posing with Bolt’s famous thunderbolt pose. Since then, everyone has been getting in on the act. You can tell when something is really popular because politicians like to get involved too… as you can see in the picture of London’s Mayor Boris Johnson But how did this phenomenon come about? Well, some time back, Mo Farah was on a TV sorts/comedy panel show and the host, James Corden said that he should prepare ‘a move’ to be able to celebrate if he won the Olympics. The BBC Sports host, Claire Balding (who was also on the show) said that he should do an M like in the YMCA dance, M being for Mo, i.e. Mo Farah.   If you don’t believe me, here is the birth of the MOBOT

Vocabulary Glossary

craze that’s sweeping the nation
something that becomes very popular in a very short time that everyone knows and does
to take over the world
to become globally famous very quickly
to reciprocate
to respond to an action by making the same or similar one in return
to get in on the act
to join in with something that is already popular
to come about
to happen for the first time

Check out our other Olympic blogs….

Olympic Word of the Day

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