Monday, January 2, 2012


Charol.  See how shiny it is?

One branch of the Taitano clan is called Charot.

Charol is a Spanish word with several meanings.  It can be either lacquer/varnish, patent leather or, in some Spanish-speaking countries, a tray.  The root meaning is something that is permanently shiny or varnished.  In that sense, a patent leather shoe is a zapato de charol in Spanish.

Family lore says that an ancestor of this branch of Taitanos was given a gift of shoes, zapatos de charol.  Chamorros could not pronounce final L, so it became charot.

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