• Break Dew:  Remain outside for a long time at night; stay outside all night until the morning DEW comes.
    • You break so much dew you catch cold (Ottley 1971:10)

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

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  • Get On:  Carry on loudly; talk in an angry or excited way.
    • Any time you get ah real American in an aggravating situation, the first thing he do is let his voice be heard in objection; in other words, he does get on. (Lovelace, 1987:20)

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

  • Matta Fix: Settled; arranged; ready to go.
    • A good brulejol must never boil, Once it’s well mixed, is matta fixed.
  • Brulejol:  A dish made from salt cod, oil, onions, tomatoes, peppers usually eaten for breakfast.  French origin brÛle ‘burn’ + geule ‘throat’.

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

  • Back a jackass in ah horse race (phrase) – Back or bet on a loser one that should have been obvious had no chance to succeed.

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

Psst…family!

You know you are a true Trini if, among a long list of other things…. You’ve called someone (or been called) chunkalunks, thick thing, family (even if she’s not remotely related to you!) doo-do, dahlin’, reds, breds, horse or partner.

Source: Dictionary of the Engligh / Creole of Trinidad & Tobago