surprise faces.

Trini Talk Today: Tonnere

  • Tonnere, tonnay, tonnier (intj): Exclamation of surprise, vexations, annoyance. (<French Creole <French tonnere ‘thunder’, an expression of anger)
    • Tonnerre! It have plenty people in this fete. (Baptiste 1993:157)

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

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Trini Talk Today: Donkey Years

  • Donkey years, donkeys years (phr):  A very long time. (<English donkey’s years  ‘ a very long time>).
    • “Les, when last….” “Years man.” “Is ah long time, oui.” “A long, long time, donkey years.” (Jones 1973:86)

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

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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’). Toot Bagai “One Rate to Call Toute Bagai” from a bMobile billboard in Trinidad.

A French Creole, or French-based creole language, is a creole language for which French is the lexifier. Most often this lexifier is not modern French but rather a 17th-century koiné of French from Paris, the French Atlantic harbours, and the nascent French colonies.


Tooute Bagai Billboard
Toute Bagai On A Billboard In Trinidad

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

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Trini Talk Today: Obzocky

Obzocky ungainly and poorly dressed. Especially women that are fat and wearing conspicuously ill-chosen colours or clothing.

Trini Talk Today: Pasray

  • Pasray, pasare (v) :  Spread; stretch, e.g. a sheet; sprawl, sit in a vulgar, exposed way, usually said of a woman. /pasre, pasare/  (Hindi and/or Bhojpuri pasarna ‘spread out; stretch out)
    • Look how she pasreyin sheself dey.   She pasare like ah mad oman

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

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