The Word of the Day comes from "Dominicana" by Angie Cruz. It is longlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction.
The güira is a percussion instrument from the Dominican Republic used as a percussion instrument in merengue and bachata, to a lesser extent, other genres such as cumbia. It is made of a metal sheet commonly steel, and played with a stiff brush, thus being similar to the Cuban guayo and the güiro. Güira, guayo and güiro all have a function akin to that of the indigenous native maracas or the trap-kit's hi-hat, namely providing a complementary beat.