• Pail Closet: An outside latrine; an enclosed toilet consisting of a pail (bucket) underneath a seat with an opening in it.

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

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  • Chiffonay (verb): Of a kite or a woman’s walk, moving gracefully from side to side (French chiffoner ‘crumple; crease’).
    • The kite flyer could make the kite “chiffonere” by firmly holding the thread in one hand making rapid but gentle tugs that made the kite and it cloth tail move gracefully from side to side in opposite directions to each other. “Chiffonere” was attributed to women who purposely swayed their bodies as they walked.

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

Church: Segregation Sunday?

This Sunday as you head to church to sanctify, atone, and exult in his name, look around you during worship.  Do your fellow parishioners look like you? Same ethnicity/race? How does that make you feel?

  • Dotish: Stupid; slow-thinking;incompetent.
    • Dotish men like you deserve what you get.  If you can’t work things out with your own woman, then stop complaining.  Sorf -soft- men like you should simply do as you are told.

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

  • Lick Out: Devastate; destroy; damaged; take away; wear out; use up; spend money without restraints, recklessly
    • The school fees lick out my money.

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