acontecer nas melhores famílias

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally: to happen in the best families.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /a.ˌkõ.te.ˈse(ɾ) naz me.ˈʎɔ.ɾis fa.ˈmi.ljas/

Verb[edit]

acontecer nas melhores famílias

  1. (impersonal) used to comfort a person who is excessively disappointed with his mistake
    • 1999, Fernando Tavares Sabino, O tabuleiro de damas, Record, page 116:
      Pedi-lhe desculpas, dizendo que não me levasse a mal — acontecia nas melhores famílias
      I apologised to him, asking him not to take me the wrong way — It happened in the best families.
  2. (impersonal) describes something people from all walks of life may have to go through
    • 2003, Moacyr V. de Godoy Moreira, República da bicicletas: crônicas & outros escritos, Ateliê Editorial, page 82:
      (foi um dia de bancos e filas, coisa que acontece nas melhores famílias).
      (it was a day of banks and queues, something that happens in best families).

Conjugation[edit]

See acontecer.