Mind you, in other patriot games, the extent to which Britons have developed an unhealthy fascination with the Olympic medal table now that we\’re actually winning some events is mildly distasteful. There\’s a slightly boorish boastfulness to it all that is somewhat unbecoming. Sort of stuff one associates with foreigners, frankly. Better to permit oneself a small smile while paying tribute to the gallantry of the plucky, foreign losers.
“Distasteful”. What a cant word.