I’m not sure there’s a word in Portuguese for “efficiency.” There may well be, however the direct translation would probably be something like this: “Uh, how about we try it this way?”
Allow me to explain:
Nearly every morning I go to the padaria. I get myself a cup of coffee to go and something to eat that I bring to school with me in my bag. It is two blocks to school from the padaria and I walk by myself. This has been my routine for nearly 10 months.
In the padaria, there are three sizes of cups: small (insulated), medium (insulated, the standard size for to-go coffee), and large (non-insulated but still appropriate for hot drinks.) When I order a “large” coffee to go, they give it to me in the “medium” cup that is insulated. Okay, fine. When I order TWO “large” coffees to go, they give them to me in TWO “medium” cups that are insulated. The pattern would therefore continue that if I ordered THREE large cups of coffee, I would receive THREE “medium” cups. Got it? That right there, that’s logic: the number of cups I receive are directly proportional to how many cups of coffee I order.
Now, this morning, I ordered TWO large coffees to go. Same as always. But, alas, there was a problem. No “medium” insulated cups. This left two options: small insulated cups and large non-insulated cups.
Keeping in mind the second sentence of this blog post, “…the direct translation [of the word ‘efficiency’] would probably be something like, ‘Uh, how about we try it this way?'”, what do you think the solution to this cuppage problem was?
A prize goes to the reader who responds most accurately.