… Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading.
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‘The Assignment’ by Geraldine Solon
My words this week come from a book that I am almost finished reading. The book is set in The Philippines, the homeland of its author and is rich in local tradition and dialogue, there have therefore been many words which are new to me. However in almost all instances, Geraldine has cleverly managed to weave the definition of each Filipino word directly into the book’s narrative, meaning that I did not need to spend time researching words before being able to move on, thus enriching my enjoyment of the story.
There are just a couple of words that didn’t come complete with a definition and which I needed to research, before being able to get them into context with the storyline.
Guests flocked to the buffet table filled with sumptuous dishes while one maid cut the skin of the famous lechon
LECHON – is a pork dish in several regions of the world, most specifically Spain and its former colonial possessions throughout the world. The word lechón originated from the Spanish term leche (milk); thus lechón refers to a suckling pig that is roasted. Lechón is a popular food in the Philippines, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, other Spanish-speaking nations in Latin America, and Spain. The dish features a whole roasted pig cooked over charcoal. Additionally, it is a national dish of the Philippines, and Puerto Rico. Nowadays in most of Latin America, the original use of a suckling pig has given way to a medium-sized adult pig.
She grabbed her wallet and pulled out her New York ID. He examined it closely, then spoke a few Tagalog words into his two-way radio.
TAGALOG – A member of a people native to the Philippines and inhabiting Manila and its adjacent provinces. The Austronesian language of the Tagalog on which Filipino is based.
The maid popped in and announced that the yam was ready for dessert. “You have to try this ube made from scratch”
UBE – Purple Yam
Ube [ooh-beh] is purple yam, which should not be confused with purple potatoes or with purple sweet potatoes. Purple yam is not uniquely found in the Philippines but Filipinos by far use it more than anyone else to flavor and color their sweet treats and breads.
That’s me done for this week, what great new words have you all discovered?