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Bater papo is a Brazilian expression young people use in reference to a form of oral exchange that could be translated as to chat, (6) though with the risk of downplaying its social value.
As in other forms of oral performances, competence in papo sessions is judged on eloquence, knowledge and creativity (cf.
Young people also reflect on the productive power that the appropriate papo can have on others.
Whereas most people can converse, not everyone has conversation (ter papo) and there are important differences between bater papo and fular ('to talk').
The consumption of alcohol and marijuana is also seen as a key ingredient of 'sweet' papo. The neighbourhoods all have their baracas (small bars) which act as important social centres where people meet, gossip and pass on the latest news.
They live in the same neighbourhoods, attend the same schools, pray in the same churches, drink in the same bars and engage in bater papo together.
'You don't go to Lega Lega to bater papo!' Jhoker explained.
Everyone present took part in the conversation very seriously, contributing to the papo by asking Paito to discuss specific details of the project 'Will there be a cover charge?' 'Which materials will we use?'--and approving his explanations.
you know the kind that have papo and know how to charm women'.
Papo sessions are, however, more than a performance of, or substitute for, mobility.
When getting together to bater papo, men are actively creating new spaces, temporary realities that allow them to escape momentarily the frustrations they face in their daily lives.
Phone communication tends to espouse different aesthetic qualities to those that characterize papo sessions and, if anything, resembles more the greetings discussed earlier.