Friday, August 31, 2012


BENTÅNA : window

Borrowed from the Spanish ventana, which comes from the Latin word ventus or "wind."  Windows in Rome were for ventilation, not illumination.

Baba i bentåna.  Open the window.

Huchom i bentåna.  Close the window.

I remember as a child in the 60s that many houses on Guam, made of wood and with tin roofing, often had windows with no screens.  Some of them were held open with sticks bracing them up, or by hook and wire.  When it rained, you closed the window entirely.

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