Trinidad Lime

Trini Phrase: Lime


Lime (v), liming (noun)- is a Trinidadian word, which means to socialize. A “lime” is an event where you socialize. But the fact that there is a specific word for socializing, emphasizes how important this activity is, gives it a high priority, and makes people more prone to do it on a regular basis.

  • Lime (v): Participate in an informal gathering of two or more people, characterised by semi-ritualised talking and socialising, drinking and eating.  In the day when you miss me, Ah liming by some old lady.

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

A limer is an idler; a time-waster, one (usually a man) who stands around with others on the sidewalk or in some public place watching people go by and sometimes being mischievous.

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 Trinidad phrases in the vernacular are Bad John, Doux-Doux and Jhorts.

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

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