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Popular Tobago Sayings

People may think that us Trinis and Tobagonians speak the same type of creole, but that isn’t so. We are miles apart when we speak, even I at times have trouble understanding when Tobagonians talk. In the Trini dictionary I gave you all a taste of some of the words used in Tobago. Here, I [...]

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Sweet T&T

Some Information about Trinidad and TobagoThe Trini Creole“Oh geed!”… “Yuh fada is ah glassmaker?”… “He jus’ cat spraddle dry so.” To the untrained inexperienced ear these words may mean nothing but, to the trained experienced ear of a person from the Caribbean, more so the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago…Read more……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..The Trini Dictionary – [...]

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A

A! – An expression of exasperation or indignation. A-A – Expression denoting surprise, indignation, said quickly or very slowly for effect. Ah – I, also A, as in A tree, A house Usage: Ah Chut !- Expressing annoyance, being vex , e.g. ” Ah chut nah , man ” Ah eh able- (I am not [...]

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B

Babash – see Mountain dew Bacchanal – Large noisy happening, scandal, big party, confusion Bachac – The leaf cutter ant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leafcutter_ant Back – Usage: Back Squeeze – To hold back, e.g. “Ah back squeeze ah lil’change.” (I save some money) Back back – To reverse. E.g. “Doh back back on me” Back chat – Insolent [...]

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C

Caca – Faeces, Cacahole – Insult, Asshole e.g. “ You is ah cacahole ah what”Cacada – Little bit of money Caca roller – Scarab beetle, dung beetleCalaboose – Jail Call Dat George – Finished; the end of the matter Calpet – Tap, To slap someone behind the headCalypso – A musical and lyrical comment on [...]

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D

Da is you? – Is that you? Dan Dan – Smart looking clothes Dasheen – Taro plant (Colocasia esculenta) Dasheen bush – The leaves of the taro plant used to make callaloo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taro Dat – That Usage: Dat good for yuh – Serves you right Dat don’ constitute- That does not matter- That is irrelevant [...]

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E

Ease up – Give help Eat meh out – Consuming all the food in the house-” Dey come and eat meh out” Eat parrot bottom – Talkative; e.g. “Like he eat parrot bottom?” Eh?- What did you say? Eh-heh – Oh really? I understand, yes. Eh eh – Exclamation of surprise – No way- not [...]

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F

Fada (or Faddah) – Father Fainty – Usually used to describe a weak scent Fall out – To stop speaking with someone or to terminate a friendship Family way – Pregnant Fas’ / Fase – Forward, inquisitive, e.g. “Yuh want to know all mih business? Yuh too dam’ fase, man.” also “playin’ fas’ ” – [...]

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G

Gadahar – Jackass Galavant – Hanging around without doing anything constructive Galvanize – Zinc sheets used to cover roofs Galary – (Gallery) – Verandah or porch, Showing off, e.g. “If yuh see how she galary sheself”.Game cock – A breed of cock (cockrel) bred for the sport of cock fighting. Gams – The distance from [...]

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H

Hands up – To be held at gunpoint Harden – Disobedient, stubborn, hard headed, someone who does listen or learn Hambug (or Humbug) – To pester or bother someone Happy like pappy – Overjoyed Hard Back – Grown up and one who should know better Hard Back Indian – Person of East Indian ethnicity, who [...]

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