Appendix glossary of trinidadian english – wiktionary electricity electricity goodness

• BeeWee – BWIA West Indies Airways, the former national airline of Trinidad and Tobago. The acronym for British West Indian Airlines is often colloquially referred to as Better Wait In Airport, Big Wait In Airport, Better Walk If Able, But Will It Arrive, Bankrupt West Indian Airlines, etc.

• Blasted – used to emphasise other words (for example – "gih mih de blasted ting nah!" ["give me the damn thing please"]) when one is irritated. It is used in a more vulgar sense, though is more acceptable than direct foul language. Similar words are blinkin, stinkin, friggin and flickin.

• Blinkin – used to emphasise other words (for example – "gih mih de blinkin ting nah!" ["give me the damn thing please"]) when one is irritated. It is used in a more vulgar sense, though is more acceptable than direct foul language. Similar words are stinkin, blasted, friggin and flickin.

• Boof – to rough someone up or insult them or to scold someone. Can also be used to refer to the person who was roughed up or insulted (derived from "buff"). E.g. Sarah boofed Brian for leaving without her. Brian ‘get’ boof up for leaving without Sarah. (Alt spelling "bouff").

• Chataigne – (Pronounced ‘Shataign’ and also known as ‘Breadnut’) is a tree species grown for its large fruit which is utilized in its immature stage as a vegetable and the cooked seeds of the mature stage consumed as a snack. Both plant and fruit referred to as Chataigne

• Chook – to pierce (or jook), usu. in reference to needles. Can also refer to dancing which involves the thrusting of one’s hips forward sharply into the rear of another. May also refer to sexual intercourse. E.g. Riad took a little chook from the girl.

• Cyat – A somewhat derogative term reserved usually for a woman that is perceived to have unattractive character traits. This word is derived from the colloquial meaning of a "cat" or "pussy" representing a vagina. The woman, or sometimes the man, who is deemed a cyat is thought to be ignorant of their actions and behaving in an unrealistic manner. One such example is: "Gosh, that woman behaving like a cyat eh!"

• Dougla – a person of mixed Afro-Trinidadian and Indo-Trinidadian heritage, more recently this term is used to refer to anyone of mixed (interracial) parentage. In the Bhojpuri and Awadhi dialects of the Hindustani language it means bastard. [from Bhojpuri Hindustani]

• Flickin – used to emphasise other words (for example – "gih mih de flickin ting nah!" ["give me the damn thing please"]) when one is irritated. It is used in a more vulgar sense, though is more acceptable than direct foul language. Similar words are blinkin, blasted, friggin and stinkin.

• Friggin – used to emphasise other words (for example – "gih mih de friggin ting nah!" ["give me the damn thing please"]) when one is irritated. It is used in a more vulgar sense, though is more acceptable than direct foul language. Similar words are blinkin, blasted, stinkin and flickin.

• Gramoxone – trade name for paraquat dichloride, a weed killer, commonly used to commit suicide. Any poison ingested, will still be called gramoxone, whether or not if it was actually gramoxone. A very popular choice. E.g., "Yuh hear? She drink gramoxone and dead!" sometimes called "Indian Champagne/Tonic" since at one time it was usually only persons of Indian descent that used this as the method of choice to commit suicide.

• Jhandi – Hindu prayer flag that is mounted to a tall bamboo pole and put up in the front of the yard near the home’s mandir or in front of a business or mandir after a puja, and the color of the flag is based on the deity worshiped [from Bhojpuri Hindi]

• Muddacunt – a vulgar curse word cursing a mother’s vagina. (usually used in the phrase "haul yuh muddacunt" or simply "yuh muddacunt", meaning "fuck off" in a somewhat more vulgar fashion. is also used when angrily suprised by a situation and is usually dictated: "but what de muddacunt is dis?" or more simply, "what de muddacunt is dis?", or "what de muddacunt?"

• Pot Hound – Usually refers stray dog that probably is not of a specific breed or a dog that eats anything off the street (also: Pot Hong). May also refer to a person of mixed ethnic background. (This is a racially offensive use of the term)

• Stinkin – used to emphasise other words (for example – "gih mih de stinkin ting nah!" ["give me the damn thing please"]) when one is irritated. It is used in a more vulgar sense, though is more acceptable than direct foul language. Similar words are blinkin, blasted, fleckin, friggin and flickin.

• Vikey Vike/ Vikey Vai – to act with irresponsibility, or to act without concern for others. To do something in a haphazard manner. Eg. "De country in turmoil because of vikey vike decision making." Eg. "My wife acting vikey vike. Everytime my back turn she out de door limin’ with she friends"