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Mais Chico-Espertice!

It often happens that when I learn a new phrase I suddenly notice it popping up everywhere – in videos or in song lyrics that, previously, I had mentally marked as indecipherable. After I wrote the post about Chico-Espertice the other day I spotted it in a Deolinda song (have I mentioned I like Deolinda? I have? Oh!) called Manta Para Dois (“Blanket for two”). I wondered how it had been translated, to see if I’d understood it right.

I found the english lyrics here. They’ve translated

Às vezes és parvo
Gabarola, mal-criado
É preciso muita pachorra para ti
Cromo, chico-esperto
Preguiçoso e incerto
Mas é certo que és perfeito para mim

as

Sometimes you’re stupid
You brag, you have no manners
I need a lot of calmness to deal with you
Silly, fancy and smart
Lazy and uncertain
But it’s obvious you’re perfect for me

Well, that’s not what I was expecting. I think this must be wrong though. I think the translator must live in a region where the expression isn’t used. Everything else in that paragraph is a list of faults the person has, in spite of which she loves the guy anyway, so throwing a couple of compliments in makes no sense, especially if they’re joined together with a hyphen instead of a comma. I think it should say

Sometimes you’re stupid
You brag, you have no manners
I need a lot of patience to deal with you
Silly, a smartarse
Lazy and uncertain
But it’s obvious you’re perfect for me

Or maybe “a pisstaker” or “too clever by half” or something like that.

Video here

By the way, that word “Cromo” is interesting too. It’s translated as “Silly” and Priberam gives it as

Diz-se de ou pessoa que tem um comportamento considerado estranho excêntrico ou ridículo .
“cromo”, in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa [em linha], 2008-2013,  https://dicionario.priberam.org/cromo [consultado em 24-09-2018].

but I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it used to mean “nerd” or “geek”

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