Trini Words Phrases: Mauvay Langue

  • Mauvay Langue, mauvaise langue (n): Critical, slanderous talk. (French mauvaise ‘bad’ + langue ‘tongue’).  A person who says malicious, gossipy or slanderous things. Mauvay Langue is from the French word Mauvaise language literally means ‘bad tongue’ or ‘bad language’, or ‘wrong language’.
    • I find both appalling and disgusting..the pettiness that sees a sinister plot behind every move the brand new government makes.  The mauvaise langue, vicious and calculated to damage reputation and character.

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

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