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For many non-football loving partners, the World Cup usually becomes a sort of trial separation within a relationship that takes place under a shared roof.
Boyfriends and girlfriends find themselves in exile from their significant other, who sits transfixed by a television screen just metres away.
While the delights of Morocco vs Iran or Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia might not be that easy to explain, they will still be on BBC or ITV and their partners WILL be watching them, no matter what.
With that in mind, it's nice to have a supportive and helpful other half who will be able to keep up with you in conversation - and, if necessary, help out.
That's exactly what one Twitter user tried to do for her boyfriend when he was unfortunately caught on a train during England's first game of the tournament.
Leaving to one side the rookie error of scheduling a train journey/work engagement/non-essential surgical procedure during your team's first World Cup game, he can count himself lucky that he has a partner willing to indulge his interests.
Luckily, she then shared her efforts with her Twitter followers, and the results are hilarious:
This much is true. You can't say it's not accurate.
Some comments cut right to the heart of the major concerns of the modern footballer, such as: "We're 34 minutes in and everyone's hair is still holding up well."
Meanwhile, this pretty much encapsulates the problems the ordinary footy fan has with the modern game: "This time an English man received a light tap and fell down violently."
Seriously, if she had addressed all of her comments to 'Jeff' or 'Clive' we could get this woman a job on BBC 5 Live.
Then there are cutting pieces of analysis such as: "A Tunisian is on the floor. Looks like he got hit in the hair. The referee is uninterested. The man with the injured hair is not pleased." Got to be an improvement on Mark Lawrenson, right?
In a world in which Patrice Evra seems shocked to discover that a woman - Eni Aluko - sitting in the ITV studio with him, with 103 England caps (33 goals), knows about football, perhaps we need to get rid of some of the dead wood and bring in some fresh punditry perspectives.
She has made a strong start, but let's see if she can keep it going as the tournament progresses, Gary.
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