Trinidad Phrase: Dotish


Dotish is another Trinidad phrases commonly used on the island.

  • Dotish: Stupid; slow-thinking;incompetent.
    • Dotish men like you deserve what you get.  If you can’t work things out with your own woman, then stop complaining.  Sorf -soft- men like you should simply do as you are told.

Interestingly Trinidad phrases like dotish 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 Trinidad phrases that have evolved.

In conclusion, Trini folklore such as Papa Bois is an oral tradition meant to pass on the stories to the next generation. Other Trinidad phrases in the vernacular are Kote-si Kote-laLight CandleSprawl OffJhortsSancocheBad John, Kaka-Nay.

Leave us a comment below of Trini phrases you have heard.

Source: Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago by Lise Winer


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