Contraversia = controversy 1; argument
In Puerto Rico
a style of singing found particularly in rural
areas among the jíbaros2
where the first singer extemporaneous
ly composes & sings a verse in which he expresses an idea
, position, or point of view
or hurls insult
s, in good fun, at a second singer. The second singer uses the end of that verse
as the beginning of his own and tries to outdo his opponent. The rounds continue until one singer admits defeat.
In Cuba this is called a punto guajiro3
This is the first entry of a proposed metanode for Puerto Rico, where I lived until recently and which I miss very much. It seems to be a great way to record facts and impressions before they fade.
I use footnotes rather that creating nodes because it's my impression as a newbie that one-line nodes don't amount to very much and I don't want to lose them.
the controversy means = a dispute
, especially a public
one, between sides holding opposing views
s, the word in Puerto Rico has a positive connotation, signifying simple folk, the salt of the earth; one sees politician
s and Church officials
referring to themselves as jíbaros
in Cuba would be a jíbaro
in Puerto Rico and a farmer
in the United States.