Maco, macco, mako, makko, marko (v/n) – Gossip; peep at; look at something that is supposed to be private. Someone that is overly curious about other people’s affairs. Possibly derived from the French word ma commère (ma.ko.mè patios) ‘my child’s godmother’, hence ‘my very close friend’, this relationship resulting in an intimacy leading to gossip. There is also a derivation of the Hindi word jhānkanā (झांकना) – jhaake (v) which means to peep at; look at secretly. Do you macco?
- Yuh well jhaake, de two ah yuh see everything.
- Yuh come to macco meh business nuh.
- Some people in this Barataria only know to marko other people and find out their business.
The number one rule for being a good maco is to not get caught!
Under Maco – Caribbean Usage
The word maco is practised throughout various other Caribbean islands including Dominica, Grenada, Belize and St. Lucia. There are different adjectives for the term maco used in the Caribbean and Trinidad: macocious, maccocious meaning Gossipy with a suggestion sometimes with the intention to create difficulty.
There is a maxim in Trinidad that your macometer may be huge if you have an interest in gossip all the time.
Trini macometer: A cerebral mechanism, especially unique to Trinis that permits for the detection, retention and repetition of other people’s business. (Source: http://www.skettel.com).