mark cerqueira well-rounded nerd

Compendium of Portuglish Words

Earlier this week, I wrote about bastard words created by mixing English and Portuguese. I only thought of a few, but after putting my shortlist out there, a ton of people came out of the woodwork with tons of good ones that I missed. Thanks, friends! For your enjoyment, here is the Compendium of Portuglish Words.

  • bahseh - bus
  • begga - bag
  • bizado - busy
  • bossa - boss
  • chequear - check
  • dribeway - driveway
  • espargete e meetbolls - spaghetti and meatballs
  • estoa - store
  • forko - fork
  • garaigeh - garage
  • govermento - government
  • jak-amma - jackhammer
  • jumpar - to jump
  • liquostore - liquor store
  • mol - the mall
  • nifa - knife
  • obertime - overtime
  • offas - office
  • oficinia - office
  • parquear - to park
  • printar - to print
  • ringar - to ring
  • rodo - road
  • scrudriva - screwdriver
  • sneaka - sneaker
  • suposto - supposed to
  • tráfico - traffic
  • zinko - sink

My favorite is definitely JAK-AMMA!!!