My top 10 favorite Trini phrases..

Moving to Trinidad has meant a lot of things for me..

Learning to adjust to the “Caribbean” pace of life..accepting the fact that everybody knows everybody (and all of your business)..and even learning a new language: Trinidadian English/Trinidadian Creole!

Like Lebanon, Trinidad has been influenced by a number of different cultures who have all left their distinct mark on this beautiful twin island nation..

According to my friend Wikipedia,

“Like other Caribbean Creoles, Trinidad has a primarily English-derived vocabulary, though the island formerly had a creole with a largely  French lexicon until the nineteenth century saw its replacement by influence from the British. Other languages on the Island, such as Bjojpuri  (which acted as a lingua franca amongst Indian immigrants), Spanish, and Chinese and a number of African languages have also influenced the language.  Although Trinidadian English is mutually intelligible with other varieties of international standard English, speech in Trinidad (and, to some degree, in Tobago) may vary by location and circumstance.”

Below are some of my favorite Trini slang phrases/sayings that I’ve learnt so far. I wonder when (or if) I’ll start using them when I speak,..they sound kinda ridiculous with my American accent.. (It’s always amusing to me to see people’s expressions when I ask them to “translate” these sayings into “English”.. much of their meaning is lost in translation I’m afraid..but I tried my best to give their “English” equivalents!).

10. Wuz de scene?/Wham? – What’s up?

9. Ah did had was to.. – I had to..

8. Family, watch me for a minute nah – Can I please talk to you for a second?

7. Moo nah boy/Gone from here – Leave me alone

6. We bussin’ a lime dis Friday, wha yuh for? – We’re going to chill this Friday, what do you want to do?

5. He real doltish boy – He’s really stupid

4. She’s a bess ting – She’s really hot

3. Das meh real horse/bredrin – That’s my good friend

2. She real toting/She digging a horrors – She’s carrying a lot of emotional baggage

1. Doh hot yuh head – Don’t worry about it

Doh hot yuh head

A slang term popularized by Ian Alleyne..the man behind the hit show, Crime Watch

For those of you who have never heard a Trini accent..you HAVE to watch this Trini parody of the Slap Chop infomercials. HILARIOUS!

…and Russell Peters on Jamaican, Trini, and Guyanese accents.. (turn up the volume for this one,,the sound is kinda low).

I’m sure this list will be updated as I spend more time here..

What are your favorite Trini slangs phrases/sayings?

**due to popular demand, I’ve been requested to add “Ent?” to the list.. I should’ve included it the first time around..It really is one of the most popular slang terms/phrases in Trinidad.

Ent? – Right? Don’t you agree?

One of my peeps on twitter, even sent me a youtube link to a song titled Ent!

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27 responses to “My top 10 favorite Trini phrases..

  1. Rob

    LOL This post is sooo funny! i love it! 😀

  2. Vladimir

    Dis post duh bess!!!! Ha ha loved it every word!

  3. Simone

    Ahahahaaa…I love it… Trini here btw! 🙂 Ah sure yuh want tuh come back doh.. ent?

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  5. Sadat

    Wow ! I luv every single word.

  6. Aaron

    pround Trini lol :-p

  7. akhenmosis

    Has anyone heard of two side or tw’side? As in “actually, no”. Like “tw’side lemme not mess wid dem, Yuh Know?”

  8. cffjvj

    ah de deh deh de day she de deh deh

  9. sali

    Can anybody tell me what does rukukatunko means?

    • SG

      What context was it used in Sali?

    • loraine

      Rukunkatungtung means in your tail or in your backside/ass. e.g. you may ask a Trinidadian who may be seeing hardship how he is doing and his answer “Boy is only pressure in meh Rukunkatungtung”. or an expression when playin cards, domino etc. when you hang a Jack in All Fours Game of Cards – “Take that in your Rukunkatungtung!” meaning take that in your tail!

  10. Tiara

    Lol. I Have A Lot Of Trini Friends & Sometimes I Honestly Don’t Know What They Saying.

  11. You

    Why ya mackoin so, small man?
    Gyul, he was winin on ya!
    Some funny ones

  12. chandini mandeo

    Gyul bring de ting here!!!!!!!

  13. nsia

    some sayings i havent heard for a while.
    Gimme ah lil thing nah.
    Like she put ah wuk on him.
    One foot in and one foot out.
    Rock so nah!

  14. safiya

    rock so nah!

  15. Reblogged this on Darren J. Glenn and commented:
    Doing some research on life in TT. Will reveal the purpose soon…

  16. lolz ein alin is rel vibez

  17. bobolee

    Ah ask me pardner for 10 dollars after he in the wappie, and he tell me , ” ahgo gee you the 0 see if you could find the one for yourself.

  18. Miles and miles of unspoilt beaches? Where? When? Where yall come out from? Trinidad has become a plastic throwaway nation. Most people just don’t care. If it’s so progressive why can’t we change that?

  19. Roniel

    Very interesting, though I dont understand any of those phrases. Well I am not a trinidadian so that explains it all.

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  21. @gulabjab yh dawg we kno. as trinis we does rel f*#@ up d place buh at lease we muhbe one ah d happiest places on d planet. Although d crime bad and d beach bad and d water ha lead and d PNM puhin crappo in we pipe tuh smoke we still happy.

    trini ppl will maybe neva change an if we do den boy daz maybe in d nex million years tuh come. we cyar just stop dah jusso. ah trini go always be ah trini.

    an effin up d place maybe put in we nature buh say wah. daz how we iz.

    an believe it or not it doh bother we. rite now we bawling offa recession an we still goin party like it eh ha no recession. so yuh see wah goin on dey.

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