It is now possible to write peeled without capitals. The nickname of the legendary Brazilian footballer, who died on December 29 at the age of 82, has since become one of the 167,000 words on Wednesday. dictionary Common names for the Portuguese language and its 265 million speakers around the world.
The nickname Edson Arantes do Nascimento, considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time, is used colloquially in Brazil As a synonym for excellence. In Michaelis’ Dictionary of the Portuguese Language, “pelé” has become synonymous with “exceptional, incomparable, unique”. However, the Brazilian Academy of Literature, which governs the Portuguese language in Brazil, where 215 million Portuguese speakers live, has not presented this word in its digital version.
“Something or someone out of the ordinary”
In Michaelis’ dictionary online version, the definition of this new common noun is: “Something or someone out of the ordinary, something or someone whose quality, value, or superiority cannot be equaled by anything or anyone else, such as Pelé, nickname of Edson Arantes do Nascimento (1940) -2022), considered the greatest athlete of all time. Examples of its use are also given: “It is leather Basketball “,” She is peeled from the Brazilian drama “,” He is peeled from the medicine.
This addition to the dictionary is the result of a joint campaign launched by the Pele Foundation on April 14, in partnership with Santos, the club in which the triple world champions (1958, 1962, 1970) starred from 1956 to 1974, and the Sportv channel, from the Globo group, the largest media conglomerate in the country .
Four months after his death, the eternal number 10 for Santos and the Seleção is still the subject of many tributes, such as a minute’s silence before all matches in the Brazilian championship and international South American competitions such as the Copa Libertadores or the Copa Sudamericana. .