Wednesday, July 8, 2015
THE PARTY IS HUNG
In English, events are postponed and agenda items are tabled.
In Chamorro, they are hung.
The word "to hang" in Chamorro is kana'.
Ma kakana' i gipot asta ke måkpo' i pakyo.
The party is postponed until the typhoon is over.
Maolek-ña ta kana' este asta despues de Agosto na mes.
It's better that we table this until after the month of August.
Ma kana' i botasion sa' pot ti nahong miembro.
They delayed the voting because there weren't enough members.
In Chamorro, we hang events and topics like we hang clothes or a picture on a wall. We don't mean we hang them like we hang people to die.
In Chamorro, to hang someone or something in order to kill them is ñaka'.
Ha ñaka' maisa gue' i besinu-ho.
My neighbor hanged himself.
Ma ñaka' i babue pues ma puno'.
The pig was hanged then killed.