Brazilian bat connotations
January 10, 2020 7:33 AM   Subscribe

There is a Brazilian song titled Aí, morcego by Irineu Almeida that I’m thinking of adapting for a community band. Google Translate renders the title as “there, a bat!” which seems harmless enough. However, my question is, is there some kind of slang interpretation of “bat” in this context that I should be aware of?

Here’s a link to one rendition of the song.
posted by delicious-luncheon to Writing & Language (1 answer total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I think the translation is more like, "What's up, bat?"

I don't think there's any weird connotations, and the title is probably some sort of private joke, or a reference to the movements of a bat (which is common in choro, see "Tico-Tico no Fubá.") I accidentally found the scores of the music, maybe it could be useful for you? Here.

"Morcegar" (bat as a verb) means "to do nothing" or "chill."
posted by plant or animal at 7:49 AM on January 10 [4 favorites]

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