‘An extraordinary person’ is now called a Pele in Portuguese
‘Pele’ has been added as a word in the Portuguese dictionary. The word means “An extraordinary person” and is now in publisher Michaelis’ dictionary.
The world-famous soccer player died last December. After his death, a petition was started to get his name in the dictionary. So after collecting more than 100,000 signatures, it has now succeeded.
According to the initiators, Pele is the greatest footballer of all time, so his name is now used to designate greatness. Think of “The Pele of tennis,” “The Pele among surgeons” or “the ‘Pele among filmmakers.’
Pele’s family received a plaque with the entry. Michaelis’ publisher has already included “Pele” in the digital edition. The definition will also be included in the next print edition of the dictionary.