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How to Screw Up Spanish and Portuguese in the Worse Way

Cultural Snafu #24- Spanish and Portuguese have many similarities. I am guessing maybe a 40% overlap. Sometimes the words are close and sometimes completely different. Example Thank You in Portuguese is Obrigado (vs Gracias), but You're Welcome is both De Nada.  Sometimes, when you make assumptions, especially with languages, you make an ASS out of (just) yourself.

Brazilian Cuss words are AWESOME and don't always have a direct English traslation

Brazilian champ (Jose Aldo) on the left is one of my favorite MMA fighters. The guy on the right (Connor McGregor) swiped his belt during a press conference. The translator on TV thought Aldo was calling him an a**hole and and son of b&tch...NOPE! Jose Aldo Brazilian Cuss Words

Aldo was pretty pissed and kept repeating "Você é um otário. Zé buceta. Vai tomar no meio do seu cu. Filho da puta. Arrombado"

 "Otário" means loser and sucker.  This is the only family friendly thing Aldo said. The rest are things you just don't hear from a Brazilian that is at least a little bit happy to see you.


  • "Vai tomar no meio do seu cu" = Go f*&k yourself right in the middle of your as*hole. The explicit location given makes me giggle.

 The eloquence, color, and beauty of the Latin based language is broken down further.


Photo Credit: Globo


Last Monday, our Head of Finance was caught in an "Arrastao". No good English translation, but basically, armed gunmen block a major road with stolen cars or debris. They then rob everyone stuck in the resulting traffic jam. He abandoned his car and sprinted to a nearby mall to escape. This happened just a block from the office...and I live in the "good" part of town. What about the cops you ask. Well there was a cop in the traffic jam. He decided to strip off his uniform and jump off a bridge into a stream to escape. This is getting crazy. The stats below were for January in our neighborhood.