Football Legend, ‘Pele’, enters dictionary as adjective for ‘unique’

Pele, arguably the greatest footballer ever, is now an adjective synonymous to ‘exceptional, outstanding, unique’ Popular Portuguese-language Michaelis dictionary in Brazil added “pelé” as a new adjective to its online edition. This development comes after a campaign by the Pelé Foundation, the sports channel SporTV and the Sao Paulo football club Santos to honour the football star pooled more than 125,000 signatures For the world’s 265 million-odd Portuguese speakers, “pele” can now be used to denote something or someone extraordinary — the sense in which it is already employed informally in Brazil. The expression already used to refer to someone

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