Crab walking on Sand

Trini Phrase: If crab walk

  • If crab walk (phr):  A proverbial expression indicating that if you do not take some risks, you will not gain anything, but if you take too many risks, you may end up in trouble.
    • If crab don’ walk, he no get fat, but if he walk too much he go de pot no?

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.
If crab walk is another interesting slang I heard growing up in Trinidad and Tobago.

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 Waving Gallery, Jhorts, Sprawl Off, Doux-Doux, Kote-si-Kote-la.

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

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