Spinning Top

Lime Lingo: Dance Top In Mud

  • Dance top in mud (phr): Try something without chance of success; be frustrated by trying to do something in too difficult a situation. (From impossibility of making a top spin in mud) => spin top in mud.
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Chickens Eating

Lime Lingo: Eat and wipe mouth like fowl!

  • Eat and wipe mouth like fowl (phr): Do something wrong, but quickly cover up the evidence. (French a fowl’s habit of wiping food off its beak).  Do all your naughty things, but cover up your tracks.  (Haynes 1987:64)
    • After all man jack eat and wipe mouth like fowl after lickin’ out de fry bake.

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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Circular Stair Well

Lime Lingo: Never-see-come-see

  • Never-see-come-see 
    • (n):  Of a person, unsophisticated and therefore excited about something ordinary.  (French just now coming to see something new.)
      • Yuh like a never see come see in yuh new car with alarm and stereo. (Baptiste 1993:116)
    • (adj): Showing off, particularly or something new to them.
Glass of water being poured.

Lime Lingo: Tobago Ice-Water

  • Tobago ice-water (n):  A humorous reference to sucking a dinner mint and drinking pipe water afterwards to give a cold water effect when ice is not available.  From denigration of living conditions from the view of a less sophisticated Tobago.
    • Yuh have to take Tobago ice-water, to wash down that doubles boi.
padlocks on a wall

Lime Lingo: Huff

  • Huff (v): Steal especially take before anyone else can take it.
    • She wanted to “huff” the little money her ex-husband had and take it back to the USA with her. (Bomb 9 Nov 1990:25)

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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