desenrascanço

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

desenrascar (to disentangle) +‎ -anço, from des- (un-) + enrascar (to entangle), from rasca (dragnet).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /ˌdɨ.zɐ̃j̃.ʁɐʃ.ˈkɐ̃.sʊ/
  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˌde.zẽj̃.ʁas.ˈkɐ̃.su/, /ˌde.zẽj̃.ʁaʃ.ˈkɐ̃.su/
  • (South Brazil) IPA(key): /ˌde.zẽj̃.has.ˈkɐ̃.so/
  • Hyphenation: de‧sen‧ras‧can‧ço

Noun[edit]

desenrascanço m (plural desenrascanços)

  1. (Portugal) disentanglement (removal of complications or confusion)
    • 1991, Cadernos de Ciências Sociais, Edições Afrontamento, [1]:
      São, de facto, muitos os jovens, depois os problemas de emprego, que justificam essa tentativa de desenrascanço».
      It is, in fact, many the youth who, after employment problems, justify this disentanglement attempt”.
  2. (Portugal) hack, improvised solution; a “MacGyverism
    • 2007, José Cardoso, O Curandeiro Branco: e outras histórias (ISBN 989-8072-18-0), Escola Portuguesa de Moçambique, page 141:
      [] : apenas o “desenrascanço” habitual de varejar o conteúdo de cestos e alcofas, []
      [] only the habitual “hack” of rummaging the content of baskets and shopping bags, []
  3. (uncountable, Portugal) the ability to find improvised solutions to problems
    • originally 2001, Jorge Candeias, Os Pés e a Cabeça (ISBN 989-8072-18-0), Lulu.com, page 30:
      O culpado é o ser português com todo o desenrascanço inerente a essa condição.
      The guilty one is the Portuguese being, with all the desenrascanço inherent to this condition.

Usage notes[edit]

Some Portuguese people regard desenrascanço as a key Portuguese virtue and a living part of their culture.

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