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.
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 Phrase: Tonnere

To set all doubt at rest, they sent for a hatchet to open the box, but on helping down the porter, so pronounced was its weight that he laughingly exclaimed: “Eh, eh, tonnay these tomatoes heavy, too.

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).