Suspension point

Suspension point

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sus·pen·sion point (səˈspɛnʃən pɔɪnt) noun. One of a series of dots, usually three, used to indicate an incomplete statement or the omission of a word or words from a written text.   re·ti·cên·cia Like the last scene of a movie that kept you grabbed to the screen for the past two hours, for you to finally realize it is “to be continued…”, your heart has been put in suspension point… Suspension points are hard to deal with because they give […]

Unplug

Unplug

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un·plug (ʌnˈplʌg) verb. 1. to remove an electric plug from an outlet 2. to free from an obstruction 3. to disconnect (an appliance, a telephone, etc.) by removing a plug 4. v.i. to become unplugged   des·co·nec·tar Don’t you ever feel compelled to be permanently connected, as in fulfilling a duty? Then, with disconnecting, your hands start shaking, your heart speeds up and your mind just can’t stop. Don’t you persistently have this uncontrollable urge to be […]

Brilho

Brilho

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bri·lho (‘bɾiʎu) substantivo. 1. fulgor ou luz que um corpo emite ou reflecte 2. esplendor; magnificência 3. vivacidade 4. o que impressiona positivamente glow How to say brilho in English? A few years ago I wrote about this, regarding the type of brilho talent has. This is one of those rare situations in which Portuguese seems to be way simpler than English. Why is it so hard? The challenge […]

Awe

Awe

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awe (ô) noun. an overwhelming feeling of respect, reverence, admiration, fear or wonder, often inspired by something majestic or extremely powerful.    es·pan·to There is a quite famous quote, often attributed to Albert Einstein, that reads that “there are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The […]

Blindfolded

Blindfolded

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blind·fold·ed (blaɪndfəʊldɪd) adjective. 1. wearing a blindfold; covering the eyes with or as if with a bandage. 2. prevented from seeing and especially from comprehending.   às·ce·gas 12 raisins, 12 wishes, a handful of resolutions, 12 months to fulfil them all. Even so, the only sure thing about the future is that it always follows a present. Everything else is just jumping blindfolded. And you make plans, draw diagrams, write notes on post-its […]

Fear

Fear

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fear (fɪə, fɪər) noun. 1. a feeling of distress, apprehension or alarm caused by the presence or imminence of danger or pain 2. a cause of or a reason for this feeling 3. an extreme reverence or awe, as to a deity 4. concern; anxiety   verb. 1. to be afraid or frightened of 2. to be uneasy or apprehensive about 3. to consider probable; expect 4. to revere, respect or be in awe of (a deity, for example)   me·do “Fear” was one of the first words I learned in English. I remember it so […]

Nothingness

Nothingness

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noth•ing•ness (nŭth′ĭng-nĭs, ˈnʌθ ɪŋ nɪs) noun. 1. the state or condition of being nothing; nonexistence 2. empty or unfilled space; lack of being 3. absence of consciousness or life 4. complete insignificance or worthlessness 5. something that is worthless or insignificant   na·da How can nothing be so much? Nothingness takes up space. It starts growing into you and then beyond you, to surround you and fill up the room that was once occupied by […]

Flow

Flow

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flow (flō, fləʊ, floʊ) verb. 1. to move along or run smoothly in a stream; to circulate 2. to proceed steadily and easily 3. to exhibit a smooth or graceful continuity noun. 1. the smooth motion characteristic of fluids 2. a stream, current or flood 3. continuous movement or circulation flu·ir Doesn’t life feel like a river? A steady flow, running fluidly along a stream. Sometimes low tide, sometimes high. Sometimes the current is strong, sometimes weak. Doesn’t life […]

Often

Often

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of•ten (ˈɔ fən, ˈɒf ən; ˈɔf tən, ˈɒf-) adverb. 1. many times; frequently. 2. in many cases.  fre·quen·te·men·te |qüen| How often do you pronounce the t in often? Often enough to change, perhaps. Quite often, we tell lies to ourselves. Every so often, we say we cannot, when we know we can. More often than not, we get to believe in those stories we tell. Quite […]

Retune

Retune

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re·tune (riːˈtjuːn)  verb. 1. to tune (a musical instrument) differently or again 2. to tune (a radio, television, etc) to a different frequency res·sin·to·ni·zar Did you ever feel unattuned, out of tune, like a radio unable to find the right frequency? I do. Many of us do. There will always be times when you feel out of place, out of time, out of tempo. Like a piano in a dissonant tone, […]

Imperfect

Imperfect

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im·per·fect (ɪmˈpɜːfɪkt)  adjective. 1. not perfect; characterized by defects or weaknesses 2. not complete or finished 3. (Grammar) of a verb form that expresses an uncompleted or ongoing action im·per·fei·to(a) You are. I am too. And as obvious as this may be, we tend to forget that we were all born imperfect. You are imperfect when you conjugate verbs in the present while talking about the past. I […]

Blurred

Blurred

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blurred (blɜːd)  adjective. indistinct or hazy in outline; unclear in form or expression turvo(a) Blurred is what life is. Most of the time. Against our desire for clarity. And we must keep going, we always have to, even especially when things get blurred. Because somehow, somewhere, at a given step of the way, things will get clearer and the […]

Air

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air (ɛər)  noun. 1. The atmosphere. A colourless, odourless and tasteless gaseous mixture, mainly nitrogen and oxygen that surrounds the earth. 2. An atmospheric movement; a light breeze. 3. The sky.  ar Can you think of a word simpler than “ar”? It feels as light and effortless as its own meaning. And it makes you want to repeat it over and over through your day, a thousand times if needed: ar… ar… […]

Globetrotter

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globe•trot•ter (ˈgloʊbˌtrɒt ər)  noun. A person who travels often and widely to countries all over the world. cos·mo·po·li·ta I love the expression cidadão do mundo. I love even more the expression globetrotter. And how I wish one was the translation of the other. But, no. The dictionary often prefers to translate “globetrotter” as “cosmopolita”, perhaps out of respect due to our dear Greek word kosmos. […]

Light

Light

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light (laɪt) noun.  electromagnetic radiation of any frequency or wavelength, sometimes visible by the normal human eye verb. 1. to set on fire; to ignite or burn 2. to emit light; to become luminous 3. to provide, cover, or fill with light; to illuminate adjective. 1. characterised by or filled with light; bright 2. not dark in colour 3. having a greater degree of lightness; not heavy luz • iluminar • leve I thought of August and wished to talk about lightness. But […]

Breath(e)

Breath(e)

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breathe (briːð) verb. 1. to take a pause; rest 2. to take air into the lungs and expel it; inhale and exhale; respire 3. to move or blow gently, as air 4. to speak softly; whisper 5. to live; exist ( res·pi·rar )   breath (brɛθ) noun. 1. the capacity to breathe; the act or […]