From the seats at Carrow Road, on this website and others, and in social media forums, many different words have been thrown at Norwich City and its players this season.
Some highly-paid pundits of varying expertise and success in the game have taken a pop – most notably Danny Mills, born and bred, who seems to have a permanent chip on his shoulder in the direction of his hometown club.
I don’t recall the circumstances that led to his transfer from us to Charlton, but it’s unquestionably left a mean streak in him when talking about the Canaries.
But I’m talking of a section of the club’s own supporters who seem more than willing to take the earliest opportunity to berate, belittle and abuse players, manager, CEO and owners when the chips are down and a relegation battle is in full swing.
Actually, for some it began before the season had started with a perceived lack of effort by those in charge in strengthening the squad.
It was evident when Bradley Johnson was suddenly allowed to leave for Derby County. It has to be said, whatever hole it might have left in our own midfield, Bradderz has not set the Championship alight like he did last season.
The knives soon came out for a number of players.
No-one should be immune to criticism however long they may have served the club with distinction in previous years but no-one deserves the dog’s abuse that has been handed out to keeper, centre-back or forward or even manager of late.
Last week the BBC Sports website asked footy fans to sum up their feelings towards their clubs in just the one word.
Not surprisingly, most responses came from Leicester, Villa and pre-Benitez Newcastle fans with unbridled joy and derision in equal measure as you’d expect.
I thought for a while, tried to be smart, decided against and settled for a middle ground with the word ‘vexatious’, which does a damn fine job of summarising all of my emotions, especially since the turn of the year.
The only other response I saw from a fellow Canary was one who used ’embarrassing’ to describe the club. I was taken aback by this choice.
There have been many occasions when I’ve felt disappointed, gutted or irritated towards players and club but only once would I ever have thought embarrassing was justified: the 7-1 shellacking dished out by Colchester on that bottom of the barrel opening day of the League 1 season.
That was humiliating and embarrassing.
But back to this season – embarrassing? It may have been the opinion of just one person – maybe others feel the same?
The point gained from the Abu Dhabi All Stars was a magnificent team effort displaying all the qualities desired for, with the exception of more attacking threat maybe.
Whether the team can marry defensive steel with a cutting edge and clinical finish remains to be seen as West Brom await.
There have been many disappointing away performances this season but I have never come remotely close to feeling embarrassed that my club is down ‘the wrong end’ of the table.
Fellow promotees, Watford and Bournemouth, have undeniably made a better fist of things than City – the reasons are numerous and debatable.
Their fans have every right to goad in the direction of Norfolk – their sides have earned them that right. They are enjoying their time in the sun as would we if City were safely mid-table already. We did it back in 2011-12.
The favours and fortunes of 90+ per cent of league clubs are cyclical – good times, bad times.
I accept that fate with the eternal wish that the club finds greater success but not by adopting the ownership models of those 10 per cent or so-called ‘super-elite’ global brands in the Premier League.
You only have to consider the fate of Bolton Wanderers to appreciate what we’ve got at NR1. Top ten finishes in the top tier, big name signings and European football and all less than a decade ago (Note: they paid 8 million for Johann Elmander in 2008!).
Now, a half-empty stadium, a completely empty bank account and the third tier beckoning.
We’ve brushed with the last two of those in the past decade. Our home crowd has always remained strong.
Whatever the next eight games may bring, whatever our fate and level is to be next season, any Norwich fan who thinks and says that the club’s actions and efforts this season have been ‘embarrassing’ should genuinely be embarrassed by their own words.