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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)

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

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Two birds on a white wall.

Trini Talk Today: 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).

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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Trini Talk Today: Donkey Years

  • Donkey years, donkeys years (phr):  A very long time. (<English donkey’s years  ‘ a very long time>).
    • “Les, when last….” “Years man.” “Is ah long time, oui.” “A long, long time, donkey years.” (Jones 1973:86)

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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Trini Talk Today: Mauvay Langue

  • Mauvay Langue, mauvaise langue (n): Critical, slanderous talk. (French mauvaise ‘bad’ + langue ‘tongue’).  A person who says malicious, gossipy or slanderous things.
    • 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.

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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Trini Talk Today: Toot Bagai

  • Tout Bagai, toot bagai,  tout bagaille (pron):  Everything; all sorts of things. /tut bagai/ (<French Creole tout ‘all’ + bagai ‘thing’).

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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