MY Trini Dictionary

lime = hang out; i will use that a helluva lot and may forget to link to it
Many of our words can be verbs, nouns, adjectives – take yuh pick – depending on the use.  Also, is there really a right or wrong spelling?

A
ah : I
ahow : weird, any feeling out of the ordinary
allahdat: all of that
allyuh : you all
all inclusive fete : ticket price includes all the food and drink patrons can consume for the duration of the party
ayaiyai : sound of exasperation; OYE! (altho, as usual who the hell knows how this is spelled)

B
beppin : nodding off/trying hard to stay awake/fighting sleep…u know like when u nod off and the jerking motion wakes u up and u try to pretend it didn’t happen
better fete : our version of “better yet”, even better
bhaji : a green leafy vegetable that could be spinach cousin
boatride : fete on a boat – boat goes out sailing for the duration of the party and then docks at the end
bol’face : pushy, unreasonably and shamelessly demanding
Boil down like bhaji: settled down/relaxed
bouf : to chastise; also used like “yuh get bouf” (really have no idea how to spell this word)
bong to : bound to
boss : best, excellent, rhell good (also bess)
brackets : parentheses
breakfast fete : party that starts at the crack of dawn.  usually attended right after another party.  Best if it is outdoors and u get to see the sun come up
Buh AA: just an expression we use to denote surprise/disbelief/shock/any of those kinda feelings.
bucket ah drop : a whole lot; rhell rhell rain. okay so i normally use this to describe how much rain might be coming down but figured it was applicable to get my point across with my sweating that one day fus i was sweating profusely.
buh wha d : an expression to show how dare u? as in what the jail/ass/fcuk/any of those kinda terms…a contraction if u will of the entire expression (not sure how else to describe this).  Can also be “wha d jail?”

C
carnival jumbie : someone who cannot get enuf of carnival.  LOVES the music, the vibe, goes to all the fetes, will attend carnivals in all countries (at least once if they can) – a fanatic, if you will
catspraddle : fall
chain up : instigate
chile : child
check : to visit
chounx : a wee bit
cooler fete : a fete where patrons walk with their own coolers full of whatever they want to eat/drink.  coolers can homemade, makeshift, whatever vessel they want that they can fill up.  Drinks are not normally sold because only idiots will pay for drinks at a cooler fete!  lol
cyah : cannot

D
d : the
daiz : that is (tha’is)
dem : them/those
doh : don’t
doubles : Trini street food; a “sandwich” (if u will) made up of 2 bara (flat fried dough (fluffy and light)) and filled with curry flavoured split peas

E
eh : a question – excuse me? also can be used to say that something is not being done, not happening ie I eh doing that!  when used twice like “eh eh”, it means no, not
eh heh (hmmmmm how to describe this?) : said with a questioning intonation but of course no answer rhelly expected like oh yeah?  that’s what u think? oh really?

F
fas : nosy
fete : big big party – drinks, music, plenty people
fus : not sure how to describe this…used for emphasis as in “I was sleeping blissfully this morning – not even dreaming FUS it was a good sleep!

G
geezanages : sound of exasperation like geez louise
gimme ah bligh : give me a free pass/go easy on me – anything along those lines
gyurl : girl

H
hadda : have to
han’ sweetest: as in hand sweetest – essentially who cook the best
hol it dong : an expression like “take care” that you’d say to someone as you’re leaving
house and land : a very large umbrella

I
I eh go lie : I’m not going to lie
in ah bunguhlation : who knows how to spell this?  not me…anyway an expression we use to describe an abundance of (whatever you’re describing)

J
J’ouvert (pronounced “joo-vay”): derived from French patois and means daybreak.  it marks the official start of carnival at home and begins at 4am on Carnival Monday morning.

L
lil : little
lime : hangout – wasting time talking about nothing for hours and hours on end…can involve food, drinks or music; can be planned or impromptu (these are the best ones)

M
macco: verb – to be nosy, minding anybody’s business but your own, noun – someone who is nosy
make ah turn : go somewhere
mornin mornin : good morning; also mornin neigbour
me eh know : I don’t know
meh : my, me (depending on the context -of course)
muhbe: must be
my ass is grass : shit out of luck, up a creek without a paddle, all those types of expressions

N
nah: no

O
ole talk : banal chitter chatter, shooting the breeze, jes talking
onetime: right away

P
poemeone : woe woe woe is me
pace : hectic non stop goings on
pekong : trash talk between people
pholourie (puh-lorr-rie): Trini street food; balls of split pea flour deep fried and served with some kind of chutney
play mas : jump up (in the parade) in costume with your band of choice during carnival

R
rum punch : Here’s the recipe, “1 of sour, 2 of sweet, 3 of strong, 4 of weak (or any other combination preferred by maker)’
rhell : real (i spell it how we says it…we don’t say “R-E-E-L, we say something like R-E-A-L)

S
small ting : this one is hard…things that you not going to get your panties in a bunch over; stuff that you are willing to let go
stickin : hesitating, “hemming and hawing”
steups : a sound made by sucking one’s teeth; also known as chups, schups – signifies exasperation, frustration, indifference
stickin: hemming and hawing, beating around the bush, dilly dallying…u get the picture
storm : to show up uninvited or without paying to get in somewhere
sweet drinks : soda, pop, carbonated drinks
sorrel : drink made from the sorrel flower primarily at Christmas; flavor can be enhanced with Cherry Brandy or other type of alcohol

T
take in front : being proactive
take the jamming : withstand everything I could put it through
ting : thing

W
wha’s : what is
wha yuh go do : what can I do (also wha we go do)
wine : the dance of soca – gyrating your hips/waist (NOT shoulders) to the beat of the music with or without a partner
wha’am : what happen
whiteman : bruise that occurs when skin comes off and instead of blood you see white

Y
yuh : you or yours depending on the context