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Expressões Idiomáticas, Climáticas e Palavráticas com Preposições hum… Aleatoriaticas?

So here are a couple of videos from the same guy. They are quite sweary so if you have a portuguese relative within earshot, you might want to use headphones. I was interested in the prepositions more than the swearing and I’ll tell you why when you’ve watched them. In fact, the whole post is quite sweary, even the English bits. If you are a child, reading this, please ask your parents to hide your device until your eighteenth birthday and then carry on reading.

OK, ready? Good. Happy birthday, by the way.

As you can see, he’s pretty funny. In each case he’s giving versions of the same expression:

Não faz frio nem orvalho mas está a chover para caralho.

Não faz chuva nem orvalho mas está um frio do caralho

If you don’t already know, caralho is one of the rudest words in the language. But what’s going on with those prepositions just in front of each? Why is it para in the first instance and do in the second? I threw the question open to the floor.

In both cases we’re using the bad word to emphasise how strongly we feel about the situation, but you lead into it with para when what you are emphasising is a verb. “Esta a chover para caralho”, “Os ovos andam caros para caralho”, for example.

On the other hand, if its a noun you’re emphasising, you lead in with do: “Está um frio do caralho”, “Cão do caralho passa toda a noite a ladrar”


It’s hard to draw a direct analogy to English swearing, not least because we wouldn’t even say “está um frio…” (“it’s a cold”). We’d treat frio as an adjective, not as a noun. But I’m sure you’ll be familiar with the fact that swear words are pretty flexible in how they’re used. So you could have ‘It’s cold as fuck” or “It’s raining like fuck” or “It’s a huge fucking storm”. Portuguese seems to have a rule about how the caralho is linked to the thing it’s referring to though so it seems to be one of those rare cases where portuguese is less complicated than English.

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End of an Era

It’s a sad day for Britain. I’m touched to see so many people on Portugal paying tribute to our late monarch.

Hoje é um dia muito triste cá no Reino Unido. Fico emocionado pela  comovente reação de tantos portugueses à morte da nossa rainha.

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Frol With It

In English, as you know, FROL stands for Farting Raucously Out Loud, but I came across the same word in the title of a book I’m trying to read (God the vocabulary though – I don’t know how much more of this I can take!)

The book is Ronda Das Mil Belas em Frol by Mario de Carvalho. Here it is ony my Insta, but obviously the caption is just a silly joke.

Apparently Frol can refer to the foam on a wave: sea-spume, something like that. But it’s also an archaic spelling of “flor”, apparently. So they’re beautiful women in bloom. Makes sense. I find it really odd that the old spelling is so much like a joke, as if someone has deliberately swapped two consonants for a laugh and it caught on.

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Sheila Take a Baú

Social media really is a treasure trove of stuff you can learn, and it doesn’t feel like a chore because you’re just looking at memes. Here’s one i found today.

I know “golpe” is like a blow – in the sense of a blow to the head or a blow from an axe: the impact of something. It’s used in “golpe de estado” (coup d’état) for example. And baú is a chest – as in “treasure chest”. So when you put them together, what do you get? A golpe de baú is the act of marrying an older guy in the hope of inheriting all his wealth.

So, basically, I’m the words of Kanye West, they ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger, but she ain’t messin’ with no broke tuga.

I don’t actually know who the woman is or what the account that’s posting this is like, so I’m not sure whether she’s in on the joke or whether it’s meant in a cruel way or whether she’s done anything to deserve it or whether they are just being arseholes, but I am so pleased to have learned a new thing that I don’t really care.

Golpe de baú

You can read more about the history of the phrase Golpe de Baú on Wikipedia if you’re interested

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Instagram Language Challenge #IGLC

70272748_552544275556410_6700414021527998700_nTaking a break from the lizards today to compile Instagram posts I made as part of Lindsay Does Languages‘ Instagram Language Challenge in October, which I did to stretch myself. I tried to use some basic scientific vocabulary and write some more complicated sentences. It was quite good fun thinking of new stuff to write about, and I ended up doing refraction, buddhism, make-up and dinosaurs as well as some totally made-up bollocks that I just wrote for a laugh. Some have been corrected, others not. It’s a bit tough for people doing the corrections, I think. When I talk about how, before the horse was invented, all the idiomatic expressions involving horses had originally referred to dolphins, guinea pigs and other animals, I think serious-minded teachers must wonder whether I’m joking or just severely misunderstanding the meanings of the words and phrases I’m using.

I’ve also added all the new vocbulary into a Memrise deck so I won’t forget it all immediately

Day 1: Red

Day 2: Blue (The well it mentions, by the way, was repened after its refurbishment by John Bercow. Now if only I knew how to say OORRRRDDAAAAHHH in portuguese)

Bonus Blue

Day 3: Yellow

Day 4: Green

Day 5: Orange

Day 6: Purple

Day 7: Pink

Day 8: Gold

Day 9: Silver

Day 10: Bronze

Day 11: Black

Day 12: White

Day 13: Brown

Day 14: Grey

Day 15: Cat

Bonus Cat

Day 16: Dog

Day 17: Fish

Day 18: Rabbit

Day 19: Cow

Day 20: Horse

Day 21: Sheep

Day 22: Pig

Day 23 + 24: Snake/Mouse Crossover edition!

Day 25: Monkey

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O tema do dia 25 do #IGLC é #monkey / #macaco Vimos este livro na montra da livraria @alligatorsmouth . Acho que é baseado na história do macaco de pedra (também conhecida como "Peregrinação para o Oeste"). É uma lenda chinesa que gerou muitas adaptações. Quando estávamos na escola primária, eu e os meus amigos ficámos obcecados com a série japonesa lançada nos anos setenta. No primeiro episódio, o macaco (protagonizado por Masaaki Sakai) fez uma aposta com o Buda. O Macaco gabou de ser o melhor saltador no mundo mas Buda apostou que, se se sentasse na mão do Buda não conseguiria escapar do mão num único salto. Claro, o macaco pensou que isso seria uma obra fácil, portanto subiu até ao mão, e deu o salto mais alto de sempre. Voou até ao fim do universo, onde se deparou com cinco grande pilares. O macaco escreveu o seu nome lá, num pilar, pois queria vangloriar-se, e depois saltou de volta para o lugar onde deixou o Buda. O Buda ergeu a mão e mostrou o macaco os seus dedos. O nome do macaco era escrito lá, no dedo médio. Quando li esta história, fiquei interessado porque não sabia nada sobre o budismo, mas quando vi a série, gostei ainda mais porque, na série, depois de escrever o nome, o macaco fez xixi ao pé do pilar – ou seja, ao pé do indicador do Buda. Que fixe. Ao mesmo tempo, havia uma outra série chamado "The Water Margin" mas nunca ficou tão famoso quando o Macaco.

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Day 26: Elephant

Day 27: Lion

Bonus Lion

Day 28: Bird

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