Two Waray Words -- Ohataw and Ipo

Ohataw is a food container. It's a concave vessel whose shape is round. In some parts of Samar and Leyte, it is called yahong. Ohataw is a soup bowl.

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Ipo is another Waray word for misay/misai. It is also called iding, iring, misay, or uding by other Waray speakers. All these five nouns are Waray terms for cat.

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I know my mother tongue very well, yet I haven't come across any Waray word for kitten. Whether it's a cat or a kitten, it's always called ipo. To refer to a kitten, Waray speakers -- especially those from Northern Samar -- usually call it anak sa ipo (a cat's offspring).




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5 comments:

Rain said...

What about "miyay"?

Rhodora Bande said...

In Baybay, Leyte, cats are "miyay". Didn't include it because I always thought "miyay" is not a Waray word, but Cebuano. Mangutana pa kit sa iba. Thanks, Rain.

SittieCates said...

Interesting, Rhodora. It's neat to learn a few Waray words. Great share. ;-)

Phoenix35 said...

It's good to learn new words, thanks for the share.

Rhodora Bande said...

Thanks, Sittie and Phoenix.

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