from e-mails, here
- Trini Translations - Yuh know
yuh Trini if... ]
A Jamaican, Barbadian and a Trinidadian.
There were three men from the Caribbean living together in London: a Trinidadian,
a Barbadian and a Jamaican who were all hungry because they didn't have money
to buy food. However, upon coming close to a posh restaurant they came up with
The Jamaican went in first. After being seated he ordered a three course meal
with white wine. When he had finished the meal the waiter came by with the cheque.
"But I paid you!" the Jamaican shouted.
The waiter was very confused as he could not remember being paid, but as he
did not want to cause any trouble...he let the Jamaican leave.
Five minutes later the Barbadian walked into the restaurant and ordered a five
course meal with red wine. When he was finished eating, the waiter came by to
collect the money for food.
"But I paid you!" The Barbadian shouted.
This time the manager came and had to calm down the Bajan, and as he did not
want anything to upset the other customers he let the Bajan go.
Ten minutes later the Trinidadian walked in, sat down, lit a cigarette, and
ordered the most expensive meal on the menu plus two Carib beers. After he had
finished, the waiter came to collect the money for the meal. Before asking for
it, the waiter said, "Sir... I have been having a sort of problem all day
and I can't understand it. Other people like you came in earlier and ate and
they said that they paid me but I don't remember getting any money from them,
Before he could finish, the Trinidadian chimed in loudly "Hear meh nah
boss, dat is your problem...jus give meh change."
those pants a bit short?
TnT Translation: Yuh expekin flood or wha?
Statement: Sir, please don't throw my luggage like that.
TnT Translation: Buh wha trouble is dis? Boy stop flingin meh grip so.
Statement: I love
TnT Translation: Ah rell check fuh yuh, yuh done know.
Statement: I have
a stomach ache.
TnT Translation: Oh gorm.............. meh belly gripein meh.
Statement: He has
TnT Translation: He doh have no broughtupcy.
Statement: Josh is
suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder.
TnT Translation: Dat chile too dam harden.
Statement: I need
a bottle of Pepto-Bismol... my stomach hurts.
TnT Translation: Ah need ah purge bad... ah cork up.
Statement: It's been
a long time since I've seen you girl.
TnT Translation: A.. A...! You still alive gyul?
Statement: Oh my
goodness, we have lost electricity.
TnT Translation: Jeezanages!!...... current gorn again.
YUH KNOW YUH IS A
- Yuh refer to all salt
crackers as "Crix".
- Yuh know the meaning
of the word "obzokie".
- Yuh own a cutlass.
- Yuh know how to "scootch"
- Yuh can name 3 types
- Yuh call everybody "dread"
- Yuh know what a "grip"
is and struggle to keep it under 70 lbs. when yuh goin` back home.
- Yuh know dat to "cuff"
and "box" are fightin adjectives.
- Yuh call every bee, wasp,
or hornet a "jaxspaniard".
- Yuh pronounce San Juan:
- Yuh tired of hearin "Who
let da dogs out?" cause yuh know de original by Anslem is de REAL thing.
- Old dub like "Ram-Ram"
brings back some special memories.
- When yuh leave yuh does
"ride out" and yuh coming back "in a timing."
- When yuh crossing de
road, and cars speeding toward yuh, yuh does say "Well bounce meh nah!"
- Yuh don't look at traffic
lights when crossing de road.
- Yuh does say, "Ah
tell yuh!", even when someone else is telling you the story.
- Yuh put salt on every
citrus fruit yuh eat to make it sweeter.
- Yuh can avoid potholes
with true skills.
- Yuh grow up on Klim,
Milo, Horlicks or Ovaltine.
- Speaking of that, yuh
remember eating Ovaltinees, Smarties, Catch bars and Cheers candy?
- Every carbonated beverage
is called a "sweet drink"
- A good lime is not edible.
- "A beer is a....."
(fill in the rest)
- "Donkey's years"
means a very long time.
- Yuh clap with everybody
else when de BWEE plane finally land in Port of Spain.
- Yuh know what coki-eye
- Yuh call it a car park
instead of parking lot.
- Yuh call chewing gum
- Yuh always seem to meet
someone yuh knew in secondary school or dey cousin went to school with you.
- De bone taste jus as
good as de meat.
- "Haul yuh tail!"
have nothing to with a moving truck....ENT??
- Yuh give directions
with your hands... even if it's in another state (yuh jus go up de road
and when yuh see...)
- Yuh go to parties for
the food... and the word free never quite had the same meaning.
- Yuh nod your head upwards
to greet someone... and sideways when the joke stale.
- Your recipe for making
orange juice is plenty water, plenty sugar, plenty ice and only 2 orange...
and "ah pak ah red kool-aid tuh stretch it..."
- Yuh say "boy" at the
beginning of a sentence and "man" at the end of it... and the words "yes we"
doesn't refer to any people...
- Yuh hate to wait in
long lines, a habit you adopted from the days of pushing to get into "pit"
to see a movie.
- 'Priority' doesn't have
anything to do with what you have to do right away.
- Yuh always turn around
when someone says "Psssssssst"... except for when you make out the person
first and you're duckin' them.
- Yuh say "Soooo looooong"
instead of "Yes, I'm done" when somebody asked you if you finished the job
- Yuh have "knick knacks"
all over your home... and a glass cabinet or a space saver to put them in.
- Yuh put ketchup and
peppersauce on your pizza. Anchovies? Yuh lossin it or what?
- Yuh make a drink and
ice cream with peanut butter but you never put it on bread with jelly... but
you might put it on your dixie biscuits.
- Your cupboards are full
of canned corned beef, pepper sauce and red beans and baked beans ...and a
dry coconut for the pelau.
- Yuh think steak is a
waste of good meat. Yuh rather cut it up and stew it with some potatoes instead
... or curry it and make roti.
- "What goin on these days?"
and "I jus dey" mean "Hello, how are you?" and I'm fine" respectively.
- Yuh think your rum and
Carib beer are the best in the world and you hate it when nobody heard of
- Yuh put ice in your
beer ...and you chew the ice when you're finished with the beer.
- Yuh say "Old Years'
- "Dis August holidays"
actually start in July.
- Yuh show disappointment
/ disgust by sucking on your teeth (steupsing)
- Yuh still call a soda
a "sweet drink" and an avocado, a "zaboca"
- Yuh go to the shoprite
clerk and ask them "whe allyuh have de breez?" meaning "where is the laundry
- Yuh say "whappenin"
even at a funeral.
- Yuh tell the host "Good
Night" when you arrive at someone's home in the evening.
- Yuh wash the "wares"
after having dinner.
- When someone sympathises
with you, you comment "Yuh think it easy?"
- Yuh refer to all sweet
coloured juice as "Kool-Aid"
- Yuh call a quarter a
"schilling" when this really means 24 cents.
- Yuh know that using
"blue" makes white clothes whiter.
- Just because something
is called a "bake" you don't assume that it indicates the way it was cooked.
- Yuh have at least one
relative living in either England, Canada, or the US.
- Yuh know that a washy-kong
bears no relationship to King Kong.
- Yuh have cancelled plans
because of rain even when you're going to be indoors ...Rain is also a legitimate
reason to be late for a rendez-vous... or to miss work.
- Yuh know someone with
a gold tooth.
- Yuh know someone with
their name either on their belt buckle or their chain.
- All vaccinations are
- Yuh are able to recite
at least one (or several) line(s) from Sesame Street.
- Yuh have been to at
least one party where you have seen the sun rise.
- Yuh know the meanings
of: "washing wares"; "straightening a room"; "bodice"; "sucking yuh teeth";
"cut-eye"; "hot foot"; "bouff".
- All dish washing detergents
are called "Squeezy".
- Yuh still give people
(youself included) "meggies".
- A rubber is an eraser.
- Yuh know of at least
one person who wakes up at 4am to LISTEN to cricket from Australia / New Zealand
on the RADIO.
- Yuh can feel cold when
- No matter how old you
are, you still call your parents Mummy and Daddy.
- Yuh still eat fries with
ketchup AND MUSTARD.
- Yuh call fries "chips".
- Yuh pronounce words
in plural, even though it's meant to be singular, eg."gimme ah COKES"
or "ah GRAPES".
- Yuh say "FLIM" (film),
"AXE" (ask) or "PITIAH"(picture), "STATELLITE" (satellite), "CUTLASH" (cutlass).
- Yuh know what "Wukking
a 10-days" is, and know darn well it's going to take much longer than 10 days.
- Yuh know that a lime
is not necessarily a fruit.
- Yuh call little kids
"po po" or "betah" and your girl/boyfriends "daahlin" or "punkin".
- Yuh call any 'older'
woman "Tantie" and any 'older' man "Uncle", regardless of whether or not they
are related to you or even know you.
- Yuh could sing an entire
Parang song in Spanish word for word, but don't speak or understand a word
- Yuh know who "Anansi"
and "Papa Bois" are.
- Yuh love Soca and know
the meanings of RAMAJAY and DINGOLAY.
- When in doubt of how
to prepare something to eat ... CURRY is the always the solution.
- Yuh know Trinis will
curry any and everything (not just meat) even mango, fish, conch, chataigne,
- Yuh can take anything
and make "chow" with it.
- Yuh know what "chow"
- Yuh can call your fellow
"countryman" by an ethnic name and it would be ok, eg. chinee-man, creole,
doegs, or pyol.
- When you ask for PEPPER
you don't mean ground black pepper.
- Yuh get "licks"
already with a guava whip :(