Monday, June 9, 2008

Word of the Week: Vai

Vai {vie}
n. 1. Water  2. Medicine, remedy  3. coco-nut gourd
n
. 1. Trick, trap, guile
n. 1. Bird, the white-browed rail

Can you use it in a sentence?
Cale, there's no vai.
What?
Nothing is coming out of the taps.

Woke up this morning and there's not water. We've had the power go out, but this is the first time for the water. I am not sure what to expect or how long it might last. I am also not sure if it is just our problem or a village-wide problem. It should make taking a shower interesting (or not an option) this morning. I guess we will have to see what happens as the day unfolds.

Interesting fun facts about vai:

There are many villages with vai in the name. Vaitele (many waters or big waters), Vaigaga (circle formed by fishermen in the water), Vaiusu (I am having a hard time figuring out what that one can mean).

The word for urine translates to near water, which also happens to be the name of a brand of bottle water here as well. Hmmmm...

Update: Well, as I was typing this, Cale went out by the road and turned the handle on the water supply thing there and (drum roll please) we have water. So this was a short-lived problem. A very anti-climatic story really. But it got me to finally post a new word of the day.

— Sara

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