LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||14/JUL/2010 1:32 AM|
|Assunto:||bicho [dar zebra..]|
Well, I translated something here, with help of Google language tools. With some changes of mine. Of course, it can improved.
Ah, not a translation; I would say a version (to spice it up a bit! hehe).
Ah, again. Don´t ever ask me why zebra didn´t get there, I have some theoretical opinions: maybe because she doesn´t belong to the Brazilian fauna or maybe there wasn´t no zebra at the time in Rio´s zoo...
In fact ''dar zebra'' may have two slightly different senses:
Still, "dar zebra":
Look upWiki: underdog
Plus, "dar zebra" means "when something/everything screw up" (or did not go well, for you, for your team etc).
In the positive sense, when you have "the improblabe, the surprising, the unexpected and amazing" (sometimes for better, other times for worse-context wise) all in one piece, you have "uma zebra"
Um exemplo disso é quando uma equipe, considerada favorita pela sua maior qualidade, é derrotada por outra que não tinha qualquer chance de vitória.
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"Deu zebra"? Saiba a origem da popular expressão
Imagine you have played the lottery, after the numbers are drawn and announced, you find out you your number selection match all those numbers, you are the winner!
The origin of the expression "dar zebra", used in situations where the result was something impossible to happen (or had to be, in the above case), appeared in the popular Brazilian number racket, acording to the professor of Portuguese Ari Riboldi.
By his account in his book The Scapegoat, zebra is not among the 25 animals that lend their name to such illegal lottery, so it is interpreted this as a unexpected "tragedy".
Over time, as he describes the in the work, the term started to gain popularity in soccer before spreading to other sports. An example of that, is when a team considered a favorite for its higher quality, is defeated by someone who had no chance of victory.
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