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Word of the Week: Kunumunu

The word of the week is a compilation of  Trinidadian sayings -phrases and words- used on the island.

  • Kunumunu, coonoomoonoo,cunumunu (n):  A fool; simpleton; someone easily deceived or taken advantage of. /kunumunu/  (possibly Yoruba kunun, kunu ‘shy; no self-confident’; possibly Hindi and/or Bhojpuri cunuh munuh ‘little baby’.
    • From the day you give the callaloo, You had me just like your kunumunu. (Growler “I Don’t want no Calaloo” 1939)

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

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