Soccer. The word « pelé » enters the Brazilian dictionary. Sports

Soccer.  The word « pelé » enters the Brazilian dictionary.  Sports

« Pelé », the nickname of the legendary Brazilian (Site notre bureau spécialisé)er who died in December, is since Wednesday April 26, 2023 one of the 167,000 words in the dictionary of common names of the Portuguese language and its 265 million speakers around the world.

The nickname of Edson Arantes do Nascimento, considered by many to be the greatest (Site notre bureau spécialisé)er of all time, who died on December 29 at the age of 82, is used colloquially in Brazil as a synonym for excellence. In France, the popular expression of excellence would be « Mozart ».

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“Exceptional, incomparable, unique”

In the Michaelis dictionary of the Portuguese language, « pelé » (without the capital letter) is synonymous with « exceptional, incomparable, unique ».

The definition is: “Something or someone out of the ordinary, something or someone whose quality, value or superiority cannot be compared to anything or anyone else, such as Pelé®, nickname of Edson Arantes do Nascimento (1940-2022), considered the greatest sportsman of all time”read the version in the dictionary.

Michaelis also gives some examples of its use: “He is the pelé of basketball”, “She is the skin of Brazilian drama”, “he is the skin of medicine”.

The Brazilian Academy of Letters, which governs Portuguese in Brazil, where 215 million Portuguese speakers live, did not introduce the word « pelé » in its digital version.

The eternal number 10

This addition to the dictionary is the result of a joint campaign launched on April 14 by the Pelé Foundation, in partnership with Santos, the club where the triple world champion (1958, 1962, 1970) shone from 1956 to 1974, and the Sportv channel, of the Globo group, the country’s largest media conglomerate.

Four months after his death, the eternal number 10 of Santos and the Seleçao is still the subject of many tributes, such as a minute of silence before all matches in the Brazilian championship and South American international competitions such as the Copa Libertadores or the South American Cup.

Alan MANNESSIER