I saw on the telly the other day an interview with some random Brazilian guy, and this daft interviewer chap who didn't have a clue. Anyway, this came up:
Brazilian Guy: blah blah
Interviewer: blah blah blah?
Brazilian Guy: blah blah.
Interviewer: hahaha. So Jeff. I've always wondered what Brazil Nuts are called in Brazil?
Brazilian Guy: Nuts.
I mean, if you think about it, it stands to reason really, it's like the default nut in Brazil, so you don't need to call it anything else. Like the way that American Football is the default type of football in America, so they just call it Football. But not Footy. Never Footy.
So I got thinking about a couple of other things:
- Is a French Kiss in France just a Kiss?
When you're just meeting someone for the first time do you go tongues deep in their throat and try and lick their digestive system? If you're a bit more intimate with someone do you give them a quick peck on the cheek?
- Is a Mexican Wave in Mexico just a Wave?
I guess the same rules could apply: If you spy a Mexican across the room and want to descreetly acknowledge them, do you jump up and down and do the whole "Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy" thing? In that case does it work with just one person, or do you have to get as many people nearby as you can to stand in a line and do it before you'll be able to get the Mexican person's attention? Can you microwave a burrito in Mexico just by sticking it in a box and getting a load of midget Mexicans to keep doing the "Waaaayyyyyy" thing directed at the burrito for 30 seconds?
- Why was the Brazilian guy called Jeff?
It just doesn't seem a very Brazilian name to me.