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Trini Talk Today: Toot Bagai

  • Tout Bagai, toot bagai,  tout bagaille (pron):  Everything; all sorts of things. /tut bagai/ (<French Creole tout ‘all’ + bagai ‘thing’).

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

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Trini Talk Today: Washikong

  • Washikong, wachekong, washeekong, watchekong, watchi-kong (n):  Rubber-soled canvas shoes; sneakers; plimsolls; running shoes. Origin unknown but two widely held theories: <French caoutchouc ‘rubber’, and Chinese perhaps Mandarin, kong hua xie ‘flower sandal’>
    • She haven’t really nothing really to eat, Only knocking bout in washikong bout the street.

Want to learn another Trini slang?  Then click Trini for an alphabetical listing of all the slangs.


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

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Word of the Week: Bad-John

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

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Lime Lingo: Half-Pick Duck

  • Half-Pick Duck, Harpic Duck (phr):  Not the whole story, explanation. (French taking only half the feathers off a duck.) = duck story.
    • “Ah, dat is more like it. When yuh ah gimme ah drink, gimme ah man’s drink, no damm half pick duck” (Rollock 1975:18)

Want to learn another Trini slang?  Click Trini for an alphabetical listing of all the slangs.


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

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Trini Talk Today: Obzocky

  • Obzocky, obsockie, obzokee, obsukky, obzoky, obzockie, upzuckie  (adj):  Unbalanced; awkward-looking; of ungraceful line or shape; of a batsman, not flowing or smooth. (Possibly Kikonngo  zakazaka ‘shaking’).
    • “Allyu only eatin’ ah set ah junk food like dem social bakes dey does call Pizza, an’ allyu still want to find out why allyu gettin’ fat an’ obsozky.” (Keens-Douglas 1984:87)

Want to learn another Trini slang?  Then click Trini for an alphabetical listing of all the slangs.


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

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