Origins of the Chabacano Precura

The Chabacano word precura comes from the Spanish word procurar. In both languages, this word means to attempt or to try to do something. I have only recently learned about the word procurar in Spanish while reading a book by Paulo Coehlo. It was then that I started to think that the Chabacano word precura most probably came from the Spanish procurar. In a book titled La Lengua Espanola en Filipinas by Antonio Quilis and Celia Casado Fresnillo, the authors also support the idea that the Chabacano word precura came from the Spanish word procurar.

If you speak the Chabacano de Zamboanga, you might pronounce this word as either pricura or precura. Others even say it as picura or pecura (losing the r). However the more common version would be precura.

Here is a Spanish sentence that I took from the WordReference Forums which I will be translating into the Chabacano de Zamboanga:

Spanish: Procura que no se escape el amor como agua entre tus manos.

Chabacano: Precura no deja con el amor escapa como agua na tu mano.

The English version of this sentence is: try not to lose love like it was water between your hands.

Here are some examples of this word being used in Chabacano:

Chabacano: Precura yo hinde gasta el sueldo mio.
English: I will try not to spend my salary.

Chabacano: Ya precura yo llama contigo ayer pero no hay quien ya contesta.
English: I tried to call you yesterday but nobody answered.

Chabacano: Precura tu camina na camino sin calzon.
English: Try walking on the streets without any pants on.

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