Muse of de day: Chiffonay

  • Chiffonay (verb): Of a kite or a woman’s walk, moving gracefully from side to side (French chiffoner ‘crumple; crease’).
    • The kite flyer could make the kite “chiffonere” by firmly holding the thread in one hand making rapid but gentle tugs that made the kite and it cloth tail move gracefully from side to side in opposite directions to each other. “Chiffonere” was attributed to women who purposely swayed their bodies as they walked.

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

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