MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Filipinos are wondering why there is now a new Lambda variant of the coronavirus, when the only variants known to them are the Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta. Did the World Health Organization (WHO) skip some letters in the Greek alphabet?
Responding to the concerns, a representative of WHO who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Adobo Chronicles that the variants Eplison to Kappa are still in quarantine.
Watch for further announcements. In the meantime, stay safe!
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – It’s that time of the year when Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary picks its word of the year, and its choice comes as no surprise in this age of the coronavirus: PANDEMIC.
This year, Webster also picked a word of the year in each of the countries in the world.
For the Philippines, the dictionary picked “Cosmetic” as its word of the year.
The choice stems from recent highfalutin statements of Vice President Leni Robredo mentioning the word “cosmetic,” like when she said “cosmetic affinity” and “cosmetic courage.”
Robredo’s recent messages in English were miles apart from her usual rhetoric in the Filipino language which were full of “iyon,” “iyong” and “ang sa akin.”
How politics influences language! Or is it the other way around?
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Vice President Leni Robredo’s most recent public statement on populism came under fire for being beyond the reach of the laylayan which constitutes an overwhelming majority of her target population for her Presidential ambition.
In the interest of public service, and for the benefit of members of the laylayan, The Adobo Chronicles’ language expert Crispulo Bacud Tapa translated the Robredo statement into Tagalog, as follows: