Is idioto a Portuguese word?

Do you change the word idiot to suit the gender of the person or is it always idiota? Does idioto not exist?

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We use idiota regardless of the gender of the person. The word idioto does not exist.

You do, however, use the gender-relevant article. So um idiota for a male idiot and uma idiota for the female variety.

This does feel a bit counter intuitive, given that so many other people-related words do follow gender. Guess it’s “just one of those things”…

Edit: I came across a similar word this morning. Taxista (taxi driver) ends in ‘a’ regardless of whether it’s a taxista or o taxista. Same with motorista (driver).

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Perfectly explained, @Tomas :+1:

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