[Acknowledgment – picture as well as some text from Wikipedia].
No, not your uvula, your vuvuzela! Sometimes called a lepatata (its Setswana name) or a stadium horn, it is a blowing horn appr. one metre (3 ft) in length, commonly blown by fans at soccer matches in South Africa. It requires some lip and lung strength to blow and emits a very LOUD monotone like a foghorn or an elephant. Vuvuzelas have been controversial and can be distracting to players and coaches, and may also damage hearing. Ouch. Better bring ear plugs to that soccer match you are attending, as well!
The vuvuzela blower below trumpeted the announcement of the final draw of the 2010 World Cup. A posse from work here is arranging for a driver to go to Shenzhen on Friday night, to attend the opening match of South Africa and Mexico at an Irish sports bar. It’s going to be a late night, and we have to WORK on Saturday. Will I be a bad South African American if I don’t go? : (
P.S. I am back at work. I put my emergency packet of Sudafed I brought from the States to work.