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Forum: Caribbean
Dec 17th 2019, 2:06 am
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

I remember many years ago my young son coming home from school (here in Cayman) laughing about a Jamaican friend's cheeky comment in a Religious Education class. The teacher told the story of Jesus...
Forum: Caribbean
Dec 10th 2019, 11:16 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

Another favourite expression of mine in Cayman is "that's what you get" - pronounced "da' wa' ya geh" - meaning "it serves him right". I expect there is something similar around the region - and of...
Forum: Caribbean
Nov 30th 2019, 3:51 am
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

Another gesture I've encountered only in Cayman, as far as I can remember, and that's the substitute for a handshake when both hands are carrying something. Men to men more than women, I think. The...
Forum: Caribbean
Nov 24th 2019, 8:56 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

This is a slight departure from the "Caribbean slang" theme, but... local gestures... Musing to myself in the car the other day, I wondered how long I've been giving a slight jerk of my head upwards...
Forum: Caribbean
Nov 20th 2019, 1:07 am
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

Oh yes. Here in Cayman, until quite recently we had a law that banned the practice of obeah - by that name; I remember at least one prosecution (successful) during my 42 years here.
Forum: Caribbean
Nov 20th 2019, 12:51 am
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

I haven't heard the other words; they may be limited to T & T. But "lick" is an old English word that's common throughout the region: "I gettin me licks in", or "e lick im good nah!"
Forum: Caribbean
Jul 23rd 2019, 3:22 am
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

Actually, thinking about that last post of mine... Maybe it's not so strange that other languages haven't seeped into ours, in Cayman. When I first landed in England from Australia, aged 23, I had a...
Forum: Caribbean
Jul 19th 2019, 5:29 am
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

It puzzles me whenever I think of it, how little our local language has changed in the forty years we've been here. The population has increased from 16,000 to 66,000, and a great many of the...
Forum: Caribbean
Jun 7th 2019, 7:39 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

Another thing I had to get used to in Cayman was the perception that "evening" begins at noon. In every other English-speaking place I'd been to, the greeting "Good evening" was left until around...
Forum: Caribbean
Jun 4th 2019, 7:35 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

I presume this thread is still alive, since there is no notice that it's not. So, read on...

When we first came to Cayman forty years ago as a white male foreigner I was often addressed (to my...
Forum: Caribbean
Sep 9th 2018, 9:08 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

Sorry to hear about your eye problem. Gosh, where did they have to medevac you to? Just as well you have access to a voice-operated computer, eh?

Yes, I know patois is the proper spelling (and I...
Forum: Caribbean
Sep 9th 2018, 1:49 am
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

Grenada... skinny = mauga, you say, and gossip = brango, and one who gossips = maco. But where do those words come from? Not English, that I can tell. Do you have a local patois down there? Cayman...
Forum: Caribbean
Aug 25th 2018, 4:30 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

Our greeting here - originating in Jamaica, I think - is "What's happening" - normally shortened to "wa huppen". What is the Eastern Caribbean equivalent? There is an inclination here to add an extra...
Forum: Caribbean
Aug 5th 2018, 6:42 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

I suppose it may be a hangover from colonialism, in the West Indies - and parts of Africa. But the general prejudice existed in India, to some degree, dating from the Persian and Mongol conquests....
Forum: Caribbean
Aug 5th 2018, 2:54 am
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

I love the use of double-words in the Caribbean. "Too hot" means, well, "too hot", but "too-too hot" means so much more! During a conversation between us last night, my son asked "when do you want it...
Forum: Caribbean
Jul 29th 2018, 2:17 am
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

I'm surprised by the number of expats (new to the Caribbean, but still...) who don't know that "Bajan" is the universally accepted abbreviation of "Barbadian", and "Trinny" is short for Trinidadian....
Forum: Caribbean
Jun 6th 2018, 12:38 am
Replies: 35
Views: 6,800
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Caribbean slang

This thread on a Words forum (below) gives a plausible or the origin of the expression "heard it on the grapevine", and it occurs to me to ask what the equivalent is in the various communities in our...
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