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Word of the Week

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

  • Pull hand: In SUSU, to collect the entire amount of all members contributions in your turn
  • SUSU:  A cooperative savings systems in which each person contributes the same fixed amount each week, and the whole amount, the HAND is taken by a different member each time.

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Featured Image: Piggy bank by JustysiakSource: Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago by Lise Winer

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  • Cax for bokee:  In marble PITCH, a game in which players place their marbles at random, each player then tries to hit another’s marble, and the player whose marble is hit gets a BOKEE penalty.
  • Cax:  The sound of a solid hit in marbles
    • I hit him caxs!
  • Bokee: A penalty in children’s games, usualy marbles, in which the winner snaps a finger or pitches a marble hard against the loser’s fingers or knuckles.

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

  • Break Dew:  Remain outside for a long time at night; stay outside all night until the morning DEW comes.
    • You break so much dew you catch cold (Ottley 1971:10)

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

  • Get On:  Carry on loudly; talk in an angry or excited way.
    • Any time you get ah real American in an aggravating situation, the first thing he do is let his voice be heard in objection; in other words, he does get on. (Lovelace, 1987:20)

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

  • Matta Fix: Settled; arranged; ready to go.
    • A good brulejol must never boil, Once it’s well mixed, is matta fixed.
  • Brulejol:  A dish made from salt cod, oil, onions, tomatoes, peppers usually eaten for breakfast.  French origin brÛle ‘burn’ + geule ‘throat’.

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