ANNOYING

Vuvuzela Ban at World Cup 2010

That sound you’ve been hearing during every World Cup game, the high-pitched buzzing coming from plastic horns in the stands, could be on its way out. South Africa’s organizing committee is considering a ban on the three-foot plastic horns, known as vuvuzelas, after several broadcasters complained that they are drowning out the natural atmosphere of a soccer game—and because they are annoying. Even players, like France captain Patrice Evra, have argued they are having a negative impact on the tournament. “We can't sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas,” he said. “People start playing them from 6 a.m. We can't hear one another out on the pitch because of them.” Danny Jordaan, head of South Africa’s organizing committee, said he is struggling with the issue. “We've tried to get some order," he said. "We have asked for no vuvuzelas during national anthems or stadium announcements. It's difficult but we're trying to manage the best we can.”