Mother is a respectful form of address especially among rural folks in the Caribbean to an old woman, followed by her first or last name. Mother-giver is a derivation on the word mother.
- Mother-giver (n): At a wedding, the groom’s mother or other older female relative.
The image of mother-giver and nurturer of life: teacher and instiller of values and mores – has indeed become the most persistent of Caribbean archetypes.Liddell (1990:322)
The various words and phrases from Trinidad & Tobago can be traced back to English, French and Spanish origins. Mother-giver 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.
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Source: Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago by Lise Winer