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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO - As Gollum famously said: “We hates it! We hates it!” Tolkien’s character in The Lord of the Rings was lamenting the Thief! Bilbo Baggins! The Curmudgeon is lamenting the dreaded vuvuzela. Those of you who were in the US or on another planet during the buildup to the World Cup will not have noted that “bafana bafana” (“the boys! the boys!”) and “jabulani” (“come to bring happiness to everyone”) and “vuvuzela” (“loud obnoxious elephantine snorting snoring noise have mercy please!”) have entered the everyday vocabulary of millions of Brazilians who . . .

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The Curmudgeon moved to Rio over forty years ago, and remained there until late 2018. He's been writing political commentary for The Rio Times for nine years. He once referred to himself as a WASP (look it up) but doesn't any more because it embarrasses him.