RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – (OPINION) Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has never been known for either subtlety or modesty. Last week, on the eve of nationwide protests against his policies in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, he held up a sign containing three words: “imorrível, imbrochável, e incomível”.
This bit of braggadocio, translated freely, means he considers himself “invincible, inflexible and indigestible”. As a political as well as grammatical exercise, we will parse each word in this phrase.
“Imorrível” is derived from the verb “morrer” meaning to die, and refers not only to the failed . . .