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Por que se chamam "bissextos" os anos que têm mais um dia?

De acordo do dicionário do latin "Lewis & Short", a palavra latim bi-sextus significou dia intercalar. Isto é porque, em vez de acrescentar um dia 29 ao mês de Fevereiro, os romanos duplicaram o ...
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Qual é a origem de «Tiago» e «Thiago»?

Ao que parece, segundo o Wikipédia e as fontes citadas lá, tens alguma razão, (ênfase minha) Tiago é, na verdade, uma corruptela da outra versão portuguesa de Ya'acov que é Iago. O nome Tiago ...
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Escreve-se “Qatar”, “Quatar”, “Catar” ou “Katar”?

Formalmente, a escrita correta é Catar, com C. A página sobre o Catar na Wikipedia aceita duas definições: Catar (que aparentemente é a mais comum) e Qatar. Ao meu ver, o critério mais decisivo é o da ...
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Is it mandatory to use the definite article before a given name?

Not always, it depends on context. Ele é o João. ("Ele é João" sounds unusual, except in a few contexts) Vou visitar o João. ("Vou visitar João" is equally acceptable) Acabei de encontrar o João. ...
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O(s) nome(s) da letra "G" não depende na região?

Estou convencido que a variação regional na preferência entre os nomes gê e guê é consequência e não causa da existência dos dois nomes. A causa parece-me ser esta: nós recebemos os dois nomes do ...
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Where are the patronymic surnames of Hebraic origin?

It says here that before their forced conversions Portuguese Jews had "easily recognizable" names (I don't know if that's true) and it gives a long list. It also says: Como característica geral, os ...
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Who do "senhor" and "senhora" in district names refer to?

Senhor and Senhora are used to refer to names of saints. Nosso Senhor means our lord, as in: Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Senhora is lady: Nossa Senhora da Conceição. Our Lady ...
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República Checa ou Chéquia?

Ambos estão corretos. Em 2016, a República Checa aprovou em parlamento a adoção de um nome abreviado para o país - que, em português europeu*, é Chéquia (em inglês, Czechia). Desde então que ambos os ...
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What does "Andorinha Sinhá" mean?

Sinhá comes from Senhor/a (Sir). Today it's not used any anymore, but it's related, as you said, to the slave owner or somebody rich. In this case, Sinhá has not a meaning but it's a name. Sinhá is ...
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Names with "foreign" letters K, W & Y

The names of historical figures used to trend mostly via TV news and Hollywood movies. Thus, because the TV was the main opinion maker, and the low social class were the targeted audience, it was from ...
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Is it mandatory to use the definite article before a given name?

Generally yes, but it depends on the context. Unfortunately, the contexts do not seem to be the same as the ones Centarus mentioned, so maybe the usage is different in Portugal. You can sometimes ...
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Mass nouns in Portuguese

I have good news: there’s much in common between Portuguese and English when it comes to mass and count nouns. For instance many names such as farinha, vinho, marmelada, sopa, carne, couro, tecido, ...
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Second given name vs. First surname

In Brazil it can be either. It's not unusual for parents to chose only one surname for their child, usually the father's surname. How can you tell, then, if a middle word is part of one's surname? ...
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Can 'Lourdes' be a boy's name?

According to IBGE (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística — Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) on https://censo2010.ibge.gov.br/nomes/#/search, in Brazil there were at least 20 ...
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Have there ever been alternative names for the days of the week?

Galician-Portuguese had its version of the old Roman names for weekdays, and we find a handful of instances of them in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries in this Corpus do Português and Corpo ...
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Why are so many Portuguese still surnamed Assunção, in 2022?

Why are so many Portuguese still surnamed Assunção, in 2022? There aren't actually that many, this is a fairly rare surname. And the current year is not of much relevance, since changing one's ...
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How scholar Baker compares two English translations of “analisou-se”?

Well, “analisou-se as relações” means that someone analysed the relations, so “an analysis” of the relations was indeed carried out. So it is a free translation, but a correct one. Now, analisou-se as ...
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Qual é o nome deste objeto parecido com um telefone fixo?

A palavra com que eu estou familiarizado em Portugal é intercomunicador. Vários dicionários, brasileiros e portugueses, indicam com o mesmo significado intercomunicador e interfone, mas os dicionários ...
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Mass nouns in Portuguese

Just as someone who is studying English as a foreign language has to be told that "news", "information", "advice", etc, are uncountable nouns, those who are studying Portuguese as a foreign language ...
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Mass nouns in Portuguese

There are plenty of mass nouns in Portuguese, meaning non-countable nouns (not referring to discrete, individualizable entities) that refer to substances (Gramática do Português published by ...
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"Many a..." in Portuguese

My answer is valid regarding Brazillian Portuguese. You can do this in several ways in Portuguese. The language molds itself to the intention of the speaker, and sometimes the poetic effect is ...
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Second given name vs. First surname

It can be both. You generally can tell because most given names and surnames are distinct. Sometimes the two groups of names are separated by de or dos (though de can also be used to unite two words ...
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Qual é o nome dos conjunto de caracteres numéricos?

De acordo com a Wikipedia, o conjunto dos algarismos é mesmo denominado de algarismos arábicos ou indo-arábicos (ênfase meu): Algarismos arábicos ou indo-arábicos são os dez dígitos: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, ...
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Have there ever been alternative names for the days of the week?

In 2018 a proposal was made to have the weekdays named «pai, mãe, donzela, velha, guerreiro, artífice e forasteiro». This proposal, however, did not find wide acceptance. It was not considered ...
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Second given name vs. First surname

There are actually four different things. Maternal surnames, such as José Nóbrega da Silva. Second given names, such as Ana Carla Pereira. The first part of a composite paternal surname, like ...
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Second given name vs. First surname

In Portugal, the middle word in a name with 3 words will be a first surname. Usually, people get one or two first names and then two or four family names. They get family name from the mother's side, ...
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Can 'Lourdes' be a boy's name?

Há anos, as Certidões de Nascimento eram feitas em máquinas de datilografia ou até manualmente. E nem sempre quem ia registrar a criança era alfabetizado para poder verificar o erro. Poderia ser erro ...
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Sobrenomes em citações de revistas internacionais

Essa é uma pergunta que se encaixa melhor no Academia SE, sob a tag "personal-name", mas talvez seja válido ter essa informação em português. Alguns pontos gerais básicos: se registre no ...
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Como decompor o significado dum título como «Oficial 4º Ajudante»?

Bom, vamos começar pelo princípio... "Oficial 4o Ajudante" não é uma frase, é somente um título, um cargo. Neste caso, para ter uma frase completa, você precisaria do predicado (verbo + ...
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What is the meaning of -son in male Brazilian first names?

Having no data to back me up, I would say the first given names ending in -son were imported during the nineteenth century from English speaking countries and, indirectly, from Sweden (where -son used ...
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