A very big and complicated country

Authored by: Patrice Franko

Routledge Handbook of the History of Global Economic Thought

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415508490
eBook ISBN: 9781315761084
Adobe ISBN: 9781317644125


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Brazilians have a habit of tacking ão onto a word to signify its enormous size or importance. Gordo, or fat, becomes gordão, a really big fat person, or the 2005 corruption scheme of monthly payments to congressmen became dubbed the mensalão. Brazil itself might be nicknamed Brazilão – a really big complicated country that is difficult to categorize and understand: in the famous words of Tom Jobim, Brazil is not for beginners.

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