Goyo! We have discovered a language goldmine. In Acholi….
You ‘goyo’ (iron) your clothes
You ‘goyo’ (pump) water at the borehole
You ‘goyo’ (play) pool…or a stringed musical instrument (but not cards or football)
You ‘goyo’ (hit) the dog
You ‘goyo’ (call) with your cell phone
You ‘goyo’ (draw) a picture of a cat
A priest can ‘goyo’ (bestow) a blessing
You ‘goyo’ (close) your eyes (but not the door)
Today the little girls who live opposite us found a long rope for skipping. We took it in turns to …you guessed it….’goyo’ (swing) the rope, while the little ones jumped and sang under a hot sun. Even the mamas left their washing and joined in.
There are probably another twenty uses of goyo out there…if you can detect the relationship I’ll post you a pineapple.