HOW DO YOU SAY "TERMITE" IN CHAMORRO?
ANSWER : TERMITE
What does June mean to you?
To me, it means termite season.
Every Corpus Christi, sometime in June, the termites come out of nowhere right when the sun sets. For about half an hour, our life is made miserable as we turn off lights, run into our air-conditioned cars with the windows up, and swat termites that have flown into and under our shirts and blouses.
They seem to have their own village schedule. This week, for 2 or 3 nights, it will be this part of Toto. Next week, again for several nights, it'll be that part of Mangilao. Just when you think termite season is over because tonight they did not come out in your neighborhood, you drive to the next village and get swarmed by termites.
FINO' CHAMORRO : TERMAIT
Why is there no authentic Chamorro word for termites? Because we didn't have any on Guam until American times. They snuck in, undocumented, hiding in uninspected, unfumigated, imported cargo, so I'm told.
CHAMORRO TERMITE MAGIC
When I was a kid, I thought grandma was the coolest magician because all she had to do was get the palanggåna (bucket, basin or tub), fill it with water, place it under the ceiling lights where the termites all buzzed, and instantly they dropped into the palanggåna and drowned. It was as if they were magnetically pulled from the ceiling into grandma's palanggåna.
WHY CHAMORROS NEVER KILL THE GUALIIK
EI NA YINA-HO CHUMOCHO TERMAIT!
Termites are so månngengengenge'!