Some Thoughts On The Use Of Words, Gathered While Eating Bolinhos De Bacalhau


I was sitting last night (and early this morning) at a locally well-known restaurant in Rio de Janeiro named Cervantes (it’s in Copacabana, near Leme).  I was eating some of the best bolinhos de bacalhau I had ever had, and talking with a girl I’ve known for a while here.

As the flow of the conversation in Portuguese progressed, and as I added more red pepper sauce to my bolinhos, I began to think more about words, language, and their uses.  A few glasses of beer also helped.  I thought it might be useful to commit some of those thoughts here.

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