I bet you don’t know what a “gambiarra” is! Posted by Adir on Oct 10, 2013 in Culture, Vocabulary
Olá, tudo bem?
My dad, Seu Adão, is a very cool guy. He’s 66, retired and is very active. My dad has always been known to fix “anything”. In his neighborhood he’s always called to fix showers, weld fences and things of the sort.
My dad was a machine mechanic (not a car one) and he always improved lots of his “fixings”. These technical improvisations in Portuguese are called uma gambiarra.
Uma gambiarra means that you don’t have the necessary tools to fix something properly. I think in English we’d say that something is “jerry-rigged”, or “a quick fix”.
Some people will call it “macgyverisms” (you probably know Macgyver, right?).
Here are some examples:
Conserta a tomada aí, faz uma gambiarra.
Fix the outlet, just a quick fix.
Cuidado pra não pisar na gambiarra.
Careful not to step on the wires!
Some pictures of interesting gambiarras!
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