Monday, 28 July 2014

Brazilian Colloquialisms, Sayings, and Slang #27

Mais realista qure o rei - [Even] more regal than the king

A play on the double meaning of real (real and royal). Someone who’s acting “more regal than the king” is even more of a stickler for the rules and/or oppressive than the actual person in charge.

Colar na prova - To cheat on a test

Literally, “to glue on the test”. Colar is the verb for cheating on a test in Portuguese (as well as the verb “to glue/stick on” and the noun “necklace”).

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