Brown cat laying on back on a deck.

Trini Phrase: Sprawl Off

  • Sprawl Off (v):  Sprawl; lie around in a relaxed manner with limbs spread out. (< English sprawl  ‘stretch out on the ground, etc. in an awkward manner’)  = loll off, spread off.

The various words and phrases from Trinidad & Tobago can be traced back to English, French and Spanish origins. Sprawl off 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.

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 Sancoche, Kaka-Nay, Rum Jumbie.

Sprawl Off On Roof
People On Roof After Flooding in Trinidad

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

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