Wednesday, January 11, 2012


A Picador in a Bullfight

Påle' Roman tried to stop Chamorros from praying in Spanish for more than one reason.  First of all because most Chamorros didn't understand what they were saying.  But secondly, because most Chamorros weren't saying the Spanish correctly and were thus inadvertently saying things they didn't mean.

For example, the opening words of the Act of Contrition in Spanish are "Yo, pecador..."  meaning, "I, a sinner..."

But Påle' Roman heard many Chamorros say, "Yo, picador..."  meaning, "I, the horseman who spears the bull in a bull fight."

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