Kiddies Korner Creole Section
These are previous months words, phrases and saying that are part of trini culture.
Aback - some time ago in the past.
A La Vive - Live bait ... Fishing with the use of live bait. (bait kept alive in a special water filled trough. (containter/bucket)
alpagat - Soft cloth sandals woven top with leather soles.
All Foes (All Gours) - a card game played by four people in which points are: high, low, jack or hang-jack and game.
All Now - presently. At this very moment.
Anchar - East Indian appetizer of spicy green mangoes or pommecythere, or any fruit mixwed with massala and pepper.
Arrape - a fried mixture of cornmeal with meat.
Bacalao - Spanish for saltfish (Preserved codfish, salted).
Baggananya - Odds and ends.
Banjar – banjo-like musical instrument with the resonant box made from a large calabash. Used in early days by minstrel mas.
Barra - East Indian soft bake, made of flour, slit open for a variety of ingredients. Two are used for doubles.
Bathe in the Salt- take a sea-bath. (bathe in the sea).
Bhaigan - eggplant (melongen).
Beat Books - to cram for a test/hit the books (study).
Boof - to insult, yell at or argue with someone.
Bush Tea - a hot drink brewed from local herbs.
By de Time - in the meantime.
Caiso/Kaiso - calypso.
Callaloo - a thick soup made of dasheen leaves, okra, coconut milk, crab and seasonings.
Candle Fly – The night-flying beetle that emits a flashing phosphorescent light from an abdominal organ.
Chicki Chong - a small, hastily constructed kite made from papers, without a frame and carrying a paper tail. Also a whistling bird.
Coal Pot - a cast iron stove with coals as fuel used for cooking.
Coki-O-Ko - to carry someone on your back. (piggyback)
Congoree - Millipede. Slow-moving many-leggged worm-like creature that rolls up into a tight circle when touched. (type of insect)
Corn Hox - the cob or husk of the corn.
Coskorob (Coski) - fresh water fish.
Daal - East Indian split peas soup.
Daalpourie – East Indian roti with split peas filling.
Damadol - east indian word for tomato.
Darkers – sunglasses/night vision.
Dhantal - Eastern Indian percussion instrument consisting of a length of iron rod and u-shaped metal striker. Rod is held and released intermittently for variation in tone.
Dholak - East Indian hand drum.
Early O' Clock - very early. Well in advance.
Eat Nice - everything fine.
Echo Supper Vamper - Harmonica popular in 1940's.
Engine Room - the driving percussion in a steel band.
Evenin' - any time after noon.
Farine - preserved grated cassava, orginally from the First Peoples.
Fensin - hedge or fence made up of live plants.
Fig - banana.
Fish Tea - fish broth.
Fishinin' - fishing.
Flambeau - a "torch light" made from kerosene-filled bottle and wick.
Fleet Ah Licks - to administer a beating that one cannot forget. A severe licking.
Flim - film.
Fresh Cold - the cold or flu.
Galvanize - galvanized iron roofing.
Garaly (Gallery) - verandah or porch.
Gilpin - cutlass or machete.
Grappe - French for Bunch, cluster of (grapes). Bunch of coconuts, anything. By the grappe - many at a time. A loose measurement.
Greasy Rice - rice boiled with a coconut, without meat.
Groun’ Provision - All starchy root vegetables. ie. Tanya, eddoes,dasheen, yam, potatoes etc...
Gordbrudda - friend.
Government Juice - Tap water. (free liquid)
Gummagalla - a small lizard.
Half-a-Shoes - an old shoe.
Haul Up - a drinking straw.
Heh - Here you are.
Hollows - the landscaped section of the Savannah near the Maraval round-a-bout, between the Prime Minister’s Office and opposite the zoo, A favourite spot for picnics and family days. Also steelband concerts were held around carnival time – free to the public.
I eh askin' yuh, ah tellin' yuh - I am absolutely sure. (sometimes used even when they are not sure)
Icy Hot - thermos flask.
In Trut (In truth) - for real, no lie.
In Two Twos - Very quickly. In a flash. In no time at all. Quick as a wink.
Jammoon - East Indian java plum, flour sweet. Another name for Pommerac.
Jatahar - East Indian word for stick.
Jep - an hornet or jackspaniard.
Jim Boots - gym shoes.
Jitney - an ol'-time van, small transport truck, ancient 4-wheeler.
Jumbie - ghost.
Kachori - East Indian dish made from fried, seasoned, ground daal (split peas) and served with chutney.
Keroseene Stove - a two or more burner cooking stove that uses keroesene for fuel.
Kicksy - funny/entertaining/laughable.
Klim - any brand of powdered milk.
L'argour - money (patois).
Lancin - a sharp, piercing pain.
Las-Lap - last jump up before midnight Ash Wednesday for those who didn't get enough of Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
Lef Dat - leave that!
Lef to me - if it was left up to me.
Licks - a beating or spanking (physical punishment).
Macafouchette - the left overs of a meal.
Make Style - too show off.
Mala - east indian word for flower garland.
Manicou Crab - a mountain crab. Brown vicious in nature.
Merle Corbeau - French for blackbird.
Mess Up - to spoil a good time.
Morocoy - a member of the turtle family that lives on land.
Mo-Vay-Lang (Mauvais Langue ... French for "Bad tongue") - to bad talk someone, or engage in nasty gossip.
Nai - East Indian Barber.
Nail jook - when you step on an upright nail bare-footed (requires a tetanus shot).
Nana - East Indian for grandfather.
Nani - East Indian for Grandmother.
Not So Hot - Not feeling well (uner the weather...ill/sick).
Nylon Pool – a waist-high are off Buccoo reef in Tobago, seemingly in the middle of the ocean. So named because of its remarkably clear water.
Obeah - a kind of witchcraft or sorcery practised in the Caribbean.
Ocean - A character famous for being able to consume great volumes of food and drink at one sitting, whose legend grows with time. Winner of many eating competitions. Etc.. pitch-oil.
Ochroe and Rice - popular cook up of ochroes and rice, with a little salftish. (Okra... West Africa)
One To Go - a route or "pirate" taxi driver call for one more passenger to fill the cab or maxi so it maybe on its way.
Out de Lite - turn off the light.
Own-Way – Stubborn person. One who always insists on having his own way, right or wrong.
Panyard - where a local panside practice in their location (home yard for their community).
Papa Yo - exclamation of surprise.
Parang - Originating in Venezuela, old Spanish type songs, performed in the festive Christmas season by ‘Perandero’ groups.
Partner in Crime – Bird of a feather. Good buddies.
Pastelle - a Christmas delicacy, made from grated corn stuffed with meat, olivies, raisins, etc. wrapped and tied in banana leaves and boiled.
Pembwa - breadfruit.
Pioki - a sand fly.
Police an T'ief - a kids game of cops and robbers.
Pommerac - pear shaped fruit, red in colour with white cotton flesh, containing a large seed.
Poopa - father...used to describe any outstanding person or thing.
Pow - Chinese puffed, steamed, meat-filled pie.
Queeze - squeeze.
Quick sharp! - Quickly! Hurry! Right now! Do fas!.
Quidbullin' - Bird-whistling competition.
Quite - Very far away.
Racketty - shaky (not strong).
Raff - To grab suddenly. To seize, snatch.
Ramage - French warbling birds. A creative musical solo; musical improvisation. Sustained whistling of a bird. To cuss and carry on at length.
Rain Set Up - large nimbi (rain clouds) darkening the sky - a sign of impending rain.
Rapso - the poetry of Calypso, the power of the word, championed by Brother Resistance many years before USA Rap appeared.
Ray Minor - A minor key .. the key in which most old-time lavways were played.
Revin - earlier name for pan ramage (ramajay).
Rockstone - a small stone.
Safe - storage cabinet for food. Made of wooden uprights and shelves and completely encased in a fine mesh wire which kept its contents "safe" from flies etc...
Saga Ting - Popular dance of the early 1960’s. Any fancy finishes, pretty or frilly touches added to the average thing.
Sahina - deep fried dhal with either spinach, pakchoi (bok choy), or dasheen .
Salt Kind - any salt-preserved meat. (pigtail, pig-feet, ox-tail)
Sampat - an old slipper.
Sea Bart - sea bath.
Shades - sunglasses.
Sling - syrup of sugar cane.
States - anywhere in the United States of America.
Strimps - shrimps. (seahell type of food)
Swell up yuh Face - to look angry or pout.
Tac Tac - a large black hunting aunt whose bite causes swelling.
Talala - confusion.
Tan Tan - aunt.
Tantie - auntie.
Tea - any hot drink (tea, coffee or chocolate milk etc...).
Ten Comman'ments - bared feet, ten toes exposed.
Tin Cup - a drinking vessel fashioned from a used milk tin, handle and all.
Topside - windward side of Tobago.
Torchlight - a flashlight.
Trinidad Time - anytime...up tomany hours late for an appointment. Also any time is the right time to be in Trinidad.
Twin Brother - good friend.
Underneat - sly/underhanded.
Upstairs house - a two-storey dwelling (house/home).
Vanity - dresser top with a lit mirror where ladies pt on their make up.
Veni (patois) - come.
Vincy - A citizen of St. Vincent.
Vuvaneer - to hover like a bee or humming bird.
Waiter - a serving tray.
Walk a Good Foot - to arrive jus in time; ex. lunch (Tobago).
Water Coconut - a coconut which is young and full of liquid.
We go pick up - see ya later!
We is we - you are among frineds (we are all one).
Who doh hear go feel - Those who don't heed (listen to) advice or warnings will feel the consequences.
Wood Ants - termites.
X It - a method of measuring any distance by 'ex'-panding the fingers and using the space between the thumb and little fingers as one 'measure'. Movement is made by moving the thumb over until it touches the little finger in a sideways crab-like motion.
X-tray - X-ray.
Yam it Dong - To eat hastily.
Zaboca - avacado pear.
Zagaa - gecko (house) lizard usually foun behin pictures on walls waiting to pounce on any unwary insects..
Zaqai - Tobago 'swiper' - long handle curved blade, cuts grass with a swiping action.
Zangie - fresh water eel.
Zashwa - Sardines.
Zatie - small cut.
Zigwah - a detour from a planned route.
Zingay ta-la-la - An old folk song.
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