Trini Talk Today: Washikong

  • Washikong, wachekong, washeekong, watchekong, watchi-kong (n):  Rubber-soled canvas shoes; sneakers; plimsolls; running shoes. Origin unknown but two widely held theories: <French caoutchouc ‘rubber’, and Chinese perhaps Mandarin, kong hua xie ‘flower sandal’>
    • She haven’t really nothing really to eat, Only knocking bout in washikong bout the street.

If you ask anyone in the baby boomer generation if they wore washikongs when they were younger, the answer will certainly be yes.

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

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