Trini Slang Fada

Trini Phrase: Fada

Boy, he was real flashy, chupid flashy. Hat stick up on he head wit’ ribbon tie all over, two-tone shoe, sharkskin pants fada, hot tie.

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Stollmeyer's Castle (Killarney) Trinidad

Trini Phrase: Stollmeyer’s Castle

Stollmeyer’s Castle (n)- Built by Charles Fourier Stollmeyer, Killarney was the first house to be constructed in the St Clair subdivision, established on lands which had previously been used as the government stock farm. Construction started in 1902 and was completed in 1904.

mother-giver heart

Trini Phrase: Mother-Giver

Mother is a respectful form of address especially among rural folks in the Caribbean to an old woman, followed by her first or last name. Mother-giver is a derivation on the word mother.

Trinidad Lime

Trini Phrase: Lime

Lime (v), liming (noun)- is a Trinidadian word, which means to socialize. A “lime” is an event where you socialize. But the fact that there is a specific word for socializing, emphasizes how important this activity is, gives it a high priority, and makes people more prone to do it on a regular basis.

Orisha Diety

Word of the Week: Orisha

  • Orisha (n): An African religion, mostly of Yoruba origin, known also as SHANGO, based on the worship of numerous ORISHA (deities), who also have Catholic counterparts. Worship includes spirit possession, drumming, dancing, chanting, and animal sacrifice. Severely represses at times during the past, it has survived, and is now more openly accepted (Yoruba orisha ‘diety’) = African work, Shango.
    • Devotees of the Orisha or the Rada faiths were often imprisoned and even flogged under an 1868 law –Convictions Ordinance 1868 – which made the practice of ‘Obeah’ a criminal offence. (Brereton 1993:50)
    • Steelbands as well was tamboo bamboo bands had a deep connection, in terms of musical influence with Orisha centres in East Dry River (Stuempfle 1995:39)