Word of the Week: One to Go!

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

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Mama D'Leau Trinidad Folklore character.

Trini Talk Today: Mama D’Leau

  • Mama Glo, Mama Dlo, Mama D’Leau (n):  A folklore character in the form of a beautiful woman, sometimes snake-like, with long hair and a fish-like tail who lives in rivers.  <French Creole mama dlo/glo <French maman ‘mother’ + de l’eau ‘of the water’>
    • Then there were….mama d’leau… – mother of the waters who is the great snake character of rivers. (Ahye 1938:45)

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

Trinidad folklore Laga-hoo

Trini Talk Today: Loup Garou

  • Loup Garou, Lugahu (n): In folklore, a human who takes the form of an animal, generally, at night. <French loup garou ‘werewolf’>.
    • The man who stole the chickens and was acquitted is really ah loup garou.

 

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

Trinidad Folklore Douen

Trini Talk Today: Douen

  • Douen, Duende, Douaine, Doune, Dwen, Duegne (n): A Folklore character, the spirit of a child who died before baptism.  Douens wear large hats, have backwards-pointing feet, utter a soft hooting cry, and often lead children to wander off.  <Spanish duende ‘goblin’>
    • Nex’ ting you know douens hauntin’ TTT, an’ we seein’ all dem programmes runnin’ backwards instead of upside-down as dey does run sometimes. (Keens-Douglas 1984:3)

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

Kid sitting reading a book by a tree at sunset

Origins: Pee Wee

This blog entry is second in the Origin series and chronicles my story from Trinidad & Tobago the Victory street years, and is best understood in chronological sequence.   If you haven’t already done so, read the first entry Origins: Early Life to get caught up.