If you have ever moved away from your home country, you will be familiar with the inevitable language barrier that ensues.
Even if you are moving somewhere that speaks your first language, you can be surprised how much of a barrier still exists.
And this can become even more apparent when you come from somewhere like Trinidad, where unique sayings and slang are as common as a plate of callaloo.
Here are 8 sayings from Trinidad that we reckon should be recognised universally (because they’re brilliant):
Yuh fadder is ah glassmaker?
This interesting phrase has nothing to do with fathers or the construction of glass.
Oh no. This is the perfect way to say ‘excuse me, you are in my way’ but just in a much less polite manner.
Ideal for when mum gets in the way of the TV.
Better belly buss than good food waste
We have already talked about how delicious Trini cooking is, but we have not highlighted the fact that people from Trinidad and Tobago adore food.
They love food so much they have a saying that basically insinuates it would be better the burst your belly wide open than let any of that delicious food go to waste.
Every bread have a cheese
This is a classic saying that many single ladies will have heard in Trinidad.
This basically implies, don’t worry that no one wants you because there is someone out there for everyone.
It’s like an insult veiled with a compliment. Genius.
Dog doh make cat
This is a direct relation of the phrase ‘chip off the old block.’
This smart phrase implies that children will always behave just like their parents. Ouch!
Monkey know what tree to climb
This is a useful one if you know people who are always sticking their noses in other people’s business.
Because if a monkey knows which tree to climb, you should know where and when to stay out of things
Has our post left you homesick? Why not send a bMobile Trinidad and Tobago top up home and familiarize yourself with all of the wonderful sounds of home.