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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’). Toot Bagai “One Rate to Call Toute Bagai” from a bMobile billboard in Trinidad.

A French Creole, or French-based creole language, is a creole language for which French is the lexifier. Most often this lexifier is not modern French but rather a 17th-century koiné of French from Paris, the French Atlantic harbours, and the nascent French colonies.


Tooute Bagai Billboard
Toute Bagai On A Billboard In Trinidad

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

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Trini Phrase: Obzocky

Obzocky ungainly and poorly dressed. Especially women that are fat and wearing conspicuously ill-chosen colours or clothing.

Episode 3: Dingolay

  • Dingolay (v): Twists; turn; gyrate /dingole/. (Kongo dyengula ‘agitate the waist in dancing’and possibly <French dégringoler ‘tumble; fall down’).  Display yourself in a boastful or pompous manner. Dance with fancy elaborate movements.
    • De sweet music make everybody want to dingolay (Baptiste 1992)
    • The Mighty Shadow passed away October 23rd, 2018.


Born Oct. 4, 1941, in Trinidad, the larger island in the republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Shadow was raised by his grandparents on a farm in Les Coteaux, Tobago, where his earliest musical influences were the rhythms played on goat skin drums that were often accompanied by fiddle players, which he heard at local celebrations. Shadow started writing and singing calypsos at eight years old and by age 15 he was playing guitar and honing his craft “in front of the guys hanging on the corner.” At 16 he moved to Port of Spain, the birthplace of calypso, soca and the steel pan, just three of the vibrant genres the cosmopolitan city has given to the world. There Shadow auditioned for various calypso tents, enduring homelessness at various times in his early pursuit of music, as disclosed in the 2017 documentary, King From Hell, also the title of Shadow’s debut album.
Source: Billboard

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

Origins: Garden Boyzs & Wynns

Alenore Gardens Phase II – Phase I was for affluent people who needed a view of the central plains – is a somnolent wee hamlet in one of the notches of Calvary Hill located at the foothills of Arima at the end of De Gannes Street.  Evidently according to Google Maps Alenore Gardens is part of Tunapuna Piarco Regional Corporation instead of the Arima Borough Corporation. This is a story of the Garden Boyzs and the Wynns.

Trini Talk Today: Pasray

  • Pasray, pasare (v) :  Spread; stretch, e.g. a sheet; sprawl, sit in a vulgar, exposed way, usually said of a woman. /pasre, pasare/  (Hindi and/or Bhojpuri pasarna ‘spread out; stretch out)
    • Look how she pasreyin sheself dey.   She pasare like ah mad oman

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

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