A new variety of Corona beer has hit markets in North Jersey. Unlike the original golden variety of Corona, the new brand is dark and comes in quart- size brown bottles that Mexican liquorstore owners in Union City call “CaGuama”.
“That is a very good beer,” the owner of my favorite store mentioned yesterday as I placed $7 in his wrinkled, brown Mexican hand. “In Mexico City, we call this beer CaGuama. So when you come in, just ask for CaGuama,” the old man instructed.
“What does that mean?” I asked, attempting to sharpen my Spanish tongue. It is my goal to learn to read, write and speak Spanish before I die.
“It means a big bottle of beer,” the old man noted.
That’s strange, thought I as I sounded the word out, repeating it exactly as the old man had mentioned—‘ca wa ma’—that does not seem like the Spanish version of the word bottle or beer that I learned in 8th grade Spanish, so I looked it up, on Google.
It appears CaGuama is the word for turtle and the reason the Mexicans in Mexico City call the beer ‘ca wa ma’ is because these new big bottles are shaped like the loggerhead turtle.
It is not wise to learn a new language from the people who already speak it—otherwise, white men are left confused and drunk here on the streets of Union City—the New, New Mexico.