Unfamiliar Filipino Words


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Hand fan; is a device that is held in the hand and moved back and forth to cool a person and that is usually shaped like a segment of a circle and composed of material (as feathers or paper) mounted on thin rods or slats moving about a pivot so that the device may be closed compactly when not in use.

(Filipinos rather use pamaypay from the root word "paypay" which means a fan.)



Science; knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation; system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method; a particular area of scientific study such as Biology, Physics, or Chemistry.

(Filipinos rather use Siyensiya from the word Science.)



Ship’s captain; a person who is in charge of a ship.

(Filipinos rather use kapitan, from the word captain.)



Infinity; the quality of having no limits or end; a space, amount, or period of time that has no limits or end.

(Filipinos rather use walang hanggan, [Tagalog word] - having no limits.)


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Butler; the chief male servant of a household who has charge of other employees, receives guests, directs the serving of meals, and performs various personal services; a manservant having charge of the wines and liquors.



Centrifugal Force; the apparent force that is felt by an object moving in a curved path that acts outwardly away from the center of rotation.



Washroom; a room that is equipped with washing and toilet facilities: lavatory.

(Filipinos rather use C.R. an acronym for Comfort Room.)



Arithmetic; a branch of mathematics that deals usually with the nonnegative real numbers including sometimes the transfinite cardinals and with the application of the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to them.



Pneumatics; moved or worked by air pressure; adapted for holding or inflated with compressed air.



Blue; a color whose hue is that of the clear sky of that of the portion of the color spectrum lying between the green and violet

(Filipinos rather use Asul from the Spanish word Azul.)


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Germs; a small mass of living substance capable of developing into an organism or one of its part; a microorganism causing disease.



Chemistry; branch of science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and with the transformations that they undergo; the structure and properties of a substance- the way a substance changes and reacts with other substances.



Hyperlink; an electronic link providing direct access from one distinctively marked place in a hypertext or hypermedia document to another in the same or a different document.


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