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Latest Monkey/Branch News

I came across another reference to monkeys and branches in Bruno Nogueira’s Mata Bicho podcast: “Cada macaco no seu galho”. It reminded me of the one I mentioned a few weeks back. I guess Portuguese speakers must really like monkeys because I can think of at least two other monkey-related expressoes: “Vai pentear macacos” and “macaquinhos na cabeça” (here). This new one means “Each monkey on his own branch” or, less literally “people should mind their own business”.

It’s mentioned in a song here (#braziliandialectklaxon)

By the way, I always thought Mata Bicho meant something like “bug killer”, which it kinda does but it’s an expression that can mean a tip (in some places) or a little drink taken at breakfast time. So I guess “hair of the dog” then…?

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Old Monkeys

Favourite new phrase of the week: “Macaco velho não pisa em galho seco.”, which means “An old monkey doesn’t step on a dry branch”, in other words, an experienced person doesn’t make stupid mistakes. I’m not sure how region-specific it is (I heard it in a Mozambican film). And of course, if using it, make sure and get that “lh” sound right in “Galho”, because if you pronounce it “Galo” it’s a “cock” and “Gálio” is “galium”, and monkeys seldom step on either of those things, no matter how dry or otherwise they might be.