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

Trini Phrase: 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)

Eat and wipe mouth like fowl is another popular slang I heard growing up in Trinidad and Tobago. I have lived in the United States for 20 years now, and every time I travel back to Trinidad and Tobago, I have to reacquaint myself with the words and phrases that have evolved.

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.
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)

Want to learn another Trini slang?  Then 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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Two birds on a white wall.

Trini Phrase: Tobago Love

  • Tobago love (n):  Said of a relationship characterized by lack of demonstration of affection, or by fighting.
    • Is only sweetie he sending she by de post – like is Tobago love or what? (Baptiste 1993:157).