Trini Phrase: Cocoa in de sun.

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When yuh have cocoa in de sun, look out for rain!

Trinidadian phrase used as a warning that something is vulnerable, and needs to be protected; often used for situations in which people have something to hide.

Trini Phrases: Cocoa In De Sun

Cocoa in de sun along with the various words and phrases from Trinidad & Tobago can be traced back to English, French and Spanish origins. Mother-giver is one such word that has its roots in the English language. Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago is interesting because the slangs can change over time. I have lived in the United States for 20 years now, and every time I travel back to Trinidad and Tobago, I have to reacquaint myself with the words and phrases that have evolved.

Oral Traditions

Trini folklore such as Papa Bois is an oral tradition meant to pass on the stories to the next generation. Other Trini phrases in the vernacular are Santimanitay, Obzocky, Mama De-Leau,

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Source:
Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago by Lise Winer
Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage by Richard Allsopp

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4 thoughts on “Trini Phrase: Cocoa in de sun.”

  1. lagiraffaminor – Writing my way to understanding a bit more of this crazy world

    Cool! I’d love to learn more Trini phrases. It seems to me that Trinidadians have a really beautiful way with words 🙂

    1. Kirt Morris – I am a traveller, wanna be foodie, soccer fanatic and budding blogger with 18 years of experience in the information technology and marketing technology space. Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, now sheltering in place in Maryland, USA.

      Yeah. We make up our own words all the time and add new slangs. The Creole dictionary of Trinidad and Tobago is a good resource and available on Amazon.

    2. Kirt Morris – I am a traveller, wanna be foodie, soccer fanatic and budding blogger with 18 years of experience in the information technology and marketing technology space. Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, now sheltering in place in Maryland, USA.

      Yes. They do it’s a whole “other” language

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