European vs. Brazilian Portuguese:
A Small Differentiating Glossary

by Bruno Oliveira Maroneze
There are many words and expressions which differ in meaning and usage in both sides of the Atlantic. Many of them are popular, colloquial and obscene words (which can cause serious misunderstandings!). But in both countries there are various regional peculiarities, and it is not rare for a word to be used both in Brazil and in some particular regions of Portugal (and vice-versa). So, in this small glossary, you may find words which are used, for example, in Portugal, and also dialectally in Brazil.

© 2001  Written for Orbis Latinus by Bruno Oliveira Maroneze.

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