Tuesday, June 15, 2010

In Twitter Joke, Brazil Invents Story Around Phrase 'Cala Boca Galvao'

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- When the phrase "Cala Boca Galvao," baffling to non-Portuguese speakers, became the top Twitter trending topic on Monday, Brazilians playfully and collectively invented a fictitious storyline around the three words.

In what quickly became a global internet meme, galvao birds are an endangered species, and Lady Gaga is about to release a song, already a hit on YouTube, in their defense.

Except the phrase "Cala Boca Galvao" really means "Shut up, Galvao" and is a reference to the Brazilian sports announcer Galvao Bueno, who is irritating many Brazilians with his bombastic World Cup commentary, prompting the widespread Twitter outburst against him.

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Anonymous said...

Well, I'm not sure if brazilians can be considered Hipanic or Latinos! They don't speak spanish, the country was not conquered nor settled by the Spanniards and they're not Indianist (there are only a few native-americans in Brazil and most of the indian-like people you rarely see on their streets are actually immigrants from Peru or Bolivia). They are mostly portuguese, black, lebanese, german and japanease (yes, japanease...)

LatinVision Media said...

Of course they are not Hispanics, but definitely they are part of Latin America. Immigrants are essential in most of Latin American countries, especially in Argentina, Uruguay, also in Colombia. Even PerĂº has the biggest Japanese immigrant colony and Chinese…

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