In the 5th week of human fetal development, the embryo has a tail. It usually disappears in the 8th week of development by being absorbed into the growing embryo. All that is left is a coccyx. But once in a while a human keeps developing its tail. This is very rare: there are only 100 human tails recorded in history. Of those recorded, none of the tail owners ever became politicians and all of their owners have always been very careful never to get their tails stuck anyplace. Therefore, the expression rabo preso does not exist in English. But it does in Brazilian Portuguese. In the colorful Brazilian language, it means that somebody, usually a politician or a political appointeeowes someone favors.
However, there are other expressions and idioms that describe reasons not to vote for political candidates. Here is a checklist of idioms that are often mentioned in the same breath with politicians. When deciding which candidate to vote for, make sure the candidate you choose does not have or practice any of these idioms.
Now that you have taken a look at the politically-popular idioms, try to match them with the definition that best defines them. Some them are interchangeable, and some are similar but have nuances of differences in usage. Be sure to be considering your candidates while you are doing the exercise, no matter what country you live in.
Does your candidate have any skeletonsin his or her closet?
During interviews, does it seem that your candidate avoids certain questions because he or she has something tohide?
Is your candidate known to have closetiesto organized crime?
Is your candidate tightwith any unsavory public persons?
Has your candidate ever hinted that he or she has some dirton an adversary?
Has he or she ever been accused as being in someone’s pocket?
Has there ever been a rumor that your candidate has been onthe take?
Has he or she ever been rumoredto haveshadydealingswith known criminals?
Has he or she ever beencaughtin acompromisingposition?
Will business people or politicians call ina lot of favors if elected?
Is your candidate known to practice a lot of backscratching?
Does your candidate practice porkbarrelpolitics?
Does your candidate engage in logrolling techniques to guarantee reciprocity from other politicians?
I hope this will help you to make an informed choice when choosing your candidate in the upcoming elections.
I was born near the end of WWII and raised in a small town in New Jersey, just a little more than a 30-minute drive from NYC. It was a wonderful place to be brought up, feeding ducks and canoeing on the river that meandered through the town in the summer, and ice-skating on that same river in the winter.
My two brothers and I were privileged to be raised in a lovely town that was safe to explore on foot, but close enough to NYC to be taken there on day trips to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baily B & B circus, museums, Chinatown, street fairs in the spring and Broadway shows as we grew older. But we thought nothing of it.
Later as teens, we would go into NYC to buy a couple of beers (the drinking age in New York State was 18, and 21 in New Jersey) and hang out in Greenwich Village where we saw singers such as Bob Dylan who were on the first rung of the ladder on their way to fame.
The sixties were a time of speaking out and creating change. I decided to do my part by joining the Peace Corps, an innovative cold war program established by John F. Kennedy in 1961. I arrived in Brazil at the end of 1966, and after an adaptation period, was sent to serve in Porto Nacional, in what was Goias at that time. I can’t say I changed the course of the country, especially as I was immediately called upon to teach English in the local high school.
I have been teaching ever since; high schools, college literature, college language pedagogy, financial English and everything in-between. I married a wonderful Brazilian from Rio and we had 3 boys and moved around some, as he was an engineer who worked on hydro dams. Nowadays I am a widow and live in BH with 3 cats, one of which has extraordinary powers, and I have 4 wonderful and uniquely different grandchildren nearby. Thus far, I have had an interesting life, and this new endeavor called a blog should make it even more interesting.