Bobol

Trini Phrase: Bobol

  • Bobol, bubol, boboll, bubbbul (n): Graft; corruption; fraud; embezzlement. (Origin: South Central Zoombo Kikongo lu-bubulucorruption’; Kikongo bubulabecome corrupt; go rancid’). Kikongo either of two similar Bantu languages spoken in Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), and adjacent areas.
    • I wonder if it’s bobol, What they doing with taxpayers’ money at all. (Atilla “Treasury Scandal” 1937)
    • Yeh, ah hear e have ah big house wit’ swimmin’ pool an’ e have 4 big cars…” “So wot business he in?” “Bobol!” (Sweetbread, Express 1 October 1980:23)
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Rachifee: Man sweeping the word truth with a broom under a red rug

Trini Phrase: Rachifee

  • Rachifee, ratcheefi, ratchifi, rachify (n): Somethings done in a makeshift, careless, or slightly devious way; or as a result of cheating, corruptions, or trickery. (Possibly French rafistolĂ© ‘mended; patched up; English retrofit ‘force something to fit; use something not originally designed for the task’
    • The amount of ‘bobboll‘ and rachifee going one with we money in that project.
    • Excuse me, but when you speak of ‘culture’ in our society, you mean culture as including rachifee ?” (Alleyne -Forte 1994:99
Indian Children Waving

Trini Phrase: Waving Gallery

  • Waving Gallery (n):  An area of the former airport building at Piarco Trinidad, where people waiting for arriving passengers could see and wave to them as they came in. 
    • We stand up in the waving gallery and watch you pulling your bag, I could imagine how your hand feeling. (Doh Say Dat, TG, 15 Sept 1991:13)
Confusing Stairs

Trini Phrase: Vy-kee-vy

Vy-kee-vy or Vay-ki-vay is an adjective used in Trinidad when things are disorderly, unplanned or chaotic.

Black Pregnant Women Standing in a field

Word of the Week: Carnival Baby

  • Carnival Baby (n):  A child born about nine months after Carnival usually in November. (From being conceived during Carnival fever.)
    • The acceptance of normally disapproved social practices such as the public consumption of alcohol and forms of sexual interaction also relate to this phenomenon, as gang warfare, no less than male/female relationships and the Carnival-baby syndrome, contribute to a societal detumescence even if for certain portions of the society more than others.