Glossary of Brazilian Terms

What follows is a list of essential terms for understanding politics in Brazil. These involve key players and institutions, as well as difficult-to-translate slang and phrases.

In my posts, I will use a liberal sprinkling of these terms, with links leading to their definitions.

This list will be updated regularly.

The name of this site

Suruba seletiva

 

Slang and difficult-to-translate terms

Jeitinho

Malandragem

Maracutaia

Gambiarra

Saudades

Eita, porra!

Coxinha

Petralha

Golpista

 

Political parties

PT–Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers’ Party)

PSDB

PMDB/MDB

 

Political institutions and phenomena

Câmara

Senado

O Supremo

A Globo 

Lava-Jato

Impeachment (“impitiman”)

 

Political Characters

Michel Temer

Dilma

Lula 

Aécio

Jair Bolsonaro

Geraldo Alckmin

Sérgio Moro

Jucá

Ciro Gomes

Marina Silva