Friday, October 5, 2012


Kalakas na uchan!

When the rain is this bad, that streets turn into lakes, Chamorros say "Kalakas na uchan!"  Literally it means "Filthy rain!"

Other cultures say "heavy rain," "raining cats and dogs," "raining like crazy" and so on.

Not us.  Heavy rain is "filthy rain."

1 comment:

  1. Itching to find the Austronesian roots of those words.

    Lakas is Tagalog for strong. Ulan is rain (uran in Capampangan). So, "kalakas na ulan" to us Filipinos approximately means "how strong the rain!" :-)