A Curmudgeonly Glossary of Brazilian Protest Terms

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Curmudgeon, who for years has deemed politics his favorite spectator sport, has been watching the demonstrations, and has paid particular attention to several slogans that are now brandished by protesters. Following up on last week’s PEC 37, he will now clarify other things people are saying.

1. “Padrão FIFA” – denotation: literally, “FIFA standard”; shorthand for “first world”; connotation: ironic, commonly used in phrases such as “we want . . .

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