Just what everyone needs, a T&T Dictionary! Here are 20 Words That Have A Different Meaning In Trinidad and Tobago:
To Hang Out. (Noun/Verb)
A social gathering, a congregation of friends and family. It can be prearranged or spontaneous…in that case we say…”We Go Buss A Lime.” The numbers of people don’t matter either, it can be two or a hundred..or on your own.
Tonight, I Liming with Netflix.
Stubborn or Disobedient. (Adjective)
“Yuh too damn harden!”
The Steelpan Instrument (Noun)
It originated in Trinidad and has become the sound most associated with island life worldwide.
A Dance. (Verb)
The primary way Trinidadians and Tobagonians dance to reggae, soca and calypso. A dance involving the skillful rolling and swinging of the waist and hip region. It looks like air humping. As a Trini/Tobagonian, you’re generally encouraged to dance this way from like…two years old.
To Beat Up (Noun/Verb)
To slap someone, the act of slapping.
Your Butt (Noun)
A woman or man’s backside, involving wining at some point. Bumper to Fender!
A Party, To Party (Noun/Verb)
An organized massive party, usually in a car-park or stadium with live music. The most fetes occur during the carnival season. It can also be applied to any party anywhere.
To Cheat On Someone/A Cheater. (Verb/Noun)
To cheat on your lover/partner is to horn them. A horner man/woman is someone you cheat on your partner with.
Noun - In the sport of cricket, a duck is a batsman’s dismissal for a score of zero.
Verb- It also means to skip an occasion or leave somewhere.
“Ah ducking work today.”
“Ah duck out dat fete.”
Anywhere outside Trinidad & Tobago or the Caribbean Region. (Noun)
“He gone foreign.”
A Friend (Noun)
A Really Good Friend (Noun)
To describe anything that’s so cute you can’t stand it.
A cat call from men. (Verb/Noun)
The kissing noise gross men make when they cat call women on the street.
A Big Truck is one of many giant, speaker trucks used during carnival that follow thousands of people through Port of Spain on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. (Noun)
A massive costumed celebration. (Noun)
The greatest show on earth and a months long occasion. The life-blood of Trinidad + Tobago.
A Dance. (Verb/Noun)
To step or walk in time with calypso and soca music, a dance-like shuffling march.
Another word for Carnival, a shortened version of Masquerade. (Verb/Noun)
To play mas is to participate in the Carnival celebrations.
The largest open space in Port of Spain, a park and roundabout. (Noun)
Known colloquially as the savannah.
Dishes, pots and pans. (Noun)
“Wash de wares!”