mother-giver heart

Trini Phrase: Mother-Giver

Mother is a respectful form of address especially among rural folks in the Caribbean to an old woman, followed by her first or last name. Mother-giver is a derivation on the word mother.

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Trinidad Lime

Trini Phrase: Lime

Lime (v), liming (noun)- is a Trinidadian word, which means to socialize. A “lime” is an event where you socialize. But the fact that there is a specific word for socializing, emphasizes how important this activity is, gives it a high priority, and makes people more prone to do it on a regular basis.

Santimanitay - Jesus On A Cross

Trini Phrase of the Week: Santimanitay

  • Sandimanitay, sans humanité, sandemanetay, santimanitay (n): A traditional Kalinda and Calypso challenge refrain. (French sans humanité ‘without mercy’).
    • None of the bands sang any properly composed songs, most of t the songs having a jingle of words uttered with lightning-like rapidity and ending with the monotonous sans humanité.
Trinidad Mermaid

Trini Folklore: Mermaids

There be mermaid here and Leviathan, great residents of the underwater. Amongst the writhing tides and white-capped blue-green waters, just where the Caribbean Sea reaches the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Mermaid (n) Tobago: The mermaid or fairy maid is a folklore character of a woman with a fish tail instead of legs, who lives in a river or in the sea near the coast. She is not dangerous or evil but can pull people under the water, take them travelling, and then return them to shore.
    • It used to have a mermaid in the river here, but nobody ent see she for donkey years now.
Phantom in the forest

Trini Folklore: Phantom

  • Phantom (n) A folklore character; a very tall, misty white figure who stands at crossroads, and traps those who pass between his legs.
    • Then there were phantom – the headless spectre with extremely long legs that grip his victims in a death squeeze (Ahye 1983:45).
    • Even our mighty phantoms have found themselves confused with the old mas character from the comic strips (Araujo 1984:43).