13 January 2011

A Coined Term

Panganyog… That is how Maurice refers to the hip. Maurice is, of course, always thinking of ways to make fun of life in general. He will be the first to tell you that there is no such word in the Filipino language.

If you are Tagalog, and you hear him use the term for the first time, you immediately suspect that it is a coined term – something invented. And you also immediately suspect a sexual innuendo.

Just from the sound of it…

If, indeed, the term is Tagalog, then the root will have to be kanyog. Try looking that up…

Used as a verb, as in kanyugin… Or as a noun, as in panganyog… One immediately conjures an image in one’s mind – assuming, of course, that one is Tagalog – of a thrusting movement.

Just how a term, which does not even appear to have a shred of legitimacy, can bring people to the same conclusion when they hear it for the first time – albeit all in good humor – is difficult to explain. But had Maurice coined the term to connote, say, the hand, head, leg or any other part of the body, for that matter, it would not have the same effect.

But used to refer to the hip… It is immediately lewd…!!!

I just thought of the word because I was kept away from playing the beautiful game for a week by a painful hip injury. It was already dark when I got to the field Thursday last week, and started scrimmage before I had even properly warmed up.

I don’t remember exactly – either I stepped on an indentation on the field or tried a hard shot with my cold left foot – but whatever it was, I did not even manage to finish scrimmage. It wasn’t really painful at first, just a dull ache that made running uncomfortable.

The pain stayed with me through the weekend, but I thought brisk limbering up on Monday would solve the problem. It didn’t. It made the hip even more painful. I was actually walking with a slight limp through the next two days.

Daren had already prescribed a hot compress – which, of course I conveniently ignored. I had also told Chupek that I would probably have to rest for at least another week. However, last night, I was pleasantly surprised to find I could raise my left leg without any real discomfort to my hip. I tried skipping around and it even felt better.

Parang nagdahilan lang…

I brought my gear this morning, just being hopeful more than anything. Pero talagang hamit na… A week is just way too long to keep away from the game.

I feel pretty good, thank you very much…!!! But you guessed it… I met Maurice a few times since I got the injury, and I kept my mouth absolutely glued about it!

[This story was first published on Facebook on 16 October 2008.]

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