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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - One of the collateral effects of the Lava Jato investigation and the Petrolão scandal is that it has introduced arcane technical terms into our quotidian lives. Consider “delação premiada” and “ilação”, terms upon which the Curmudgeon expounded last September.

The latest entrant into the attention-grabbing headline is “achacação”. The most common synonym in Portuguese is “extorsão . . .

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