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Celinne's Dictionary

Trinbagonians have their own language, one of the most fascinating languages on earth. Trini is not "slang" or a "dialect" or "broken English", those are Eurocentric terms used to put down the languages created by non-Europeans. (Using the same logic and definitions, what is called "English" is really a "dialect" composed of broken Latin, Greek, French, Angle, Saxon and German).


The base of Trini is English, with words, phrases and syntax borrowed unchanged from African, East Indian, Amerindian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and other languages. Trinidad was a Spanish colony until taken by the French and then the British 200 years ago.


Bacchanal Wild party / Scandal / Argument / Confusion
Baa-John
(Bad John) A dangerous man, a gangster, someone with a reputation for hurting people
Bam bam/boomsie
Also Boom-boom, boomsie, bamsie, bam-a-lam, background, backside, behind, ass, bottom / butt

 

The most adorable boomsie in the world belongs to Raspi!

Bazodee Confused
Bawlin'
(Bawling) To cry, yell or howl
Bol' Face
(Bold Face) Pushy, loud and wrong, demanding, The foundation of Trini culture and national personality
Boof
To insult, yell at or argue with someone
Bun
Trini pronunciation Burn
Buss Up Shut
See Roti, Shredded roti skin, resembling a "bust up shirt"
Coonoomoonoo
(Cunumunu) Idiot, stupid person
Doo doo
(Doux doux) Sweetheart often used with darling, as in "do do dahlin'"
Doogla
(Dougla) A person of mixed race, usually a mixture of African and East Indian.
Doughtish
(Dotish) Stupid, probably from the English doltish
Eh Eh
An exclamation of surprise or indignation, often said with much emphasis for effect.
Fet
(Fete) Party
Flim
(Film) Movie as in "Meh fav'rite flim star Clint Eastwood; he a ral badjohn in trut, y'know!"
Fresh Water Yankee
A Trini who goes to America and comes back acting and talking Yankee (Originally someone acting Yankee without even going overseas, or crossing salt water).
Hambug
To pester or bother someone
Horn*
To cheat on your spouse or lover, as in "She horning him like reindeer!"
Hornerman
a guy who makes love to someone's wife
In Trut
(In truth) For real, no lie
Jab Jab
A type of Carnival devil costume; jabs people with his fork and demands money from passersby.
Jagabat
Slut, loose woman, prostitute. also Wajang (wah-jang) or Wabean (wah-bean)

Lime
limin' Hanging out, loafing
Mah-ko
(Maco) Nosy person, busybody, gossip
Mah-kocious
(Macocious) A person who is nosy, a maco
Make Style
Show off as in "Eh-eh, but I find she only makin' style on people!"
Mama Poule
A weakling, someone who can be taken advantage of
Mamaguy
To fast talk or sweet talk someone; to try to fool someone.
Mo-Vay-Lang
French for "Bad tongue" (Mauvais Langue) To bad talk someone, or engage in nasty gossip
Pahtnah
(Partner) Trini for "homeboy" used by older Trini males
Schupid
Trini pronunciation (Chupid) Stupid also Schupidness
Schupidee
(Chupidee) Stupid person
Sucuyant
A Trini vampire that sheds it's human skin and flies at night as a ball of fire, sucking the blood of it's victims while they sleep.
Tantie
(Tante) Aunt
Teef
Trini pronunciation Thief
Tick
Trini pronunciation (Thick) Overweight as in "He not ral fat, he slim-tick!"
Titty-vay
(Titivate) To waste time or stir up trouble
Wais
Trini pronunciation (Waist) The ability to wine "De gyul only trowin ral good wais!"
Wee
From the French (Oui) Yes, as in "Eh eh, dat is ral good buss up shut, oui?"
Whole
All, as in "We been limin' whole day!"
Wine
, Winin' A sexually suggestive dance using winding hip movements that can make the hula look tame, usually done to soca music.
Yang-Key
Trini pronunciation (Yankee) An American

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