Trinidad and Tobago is famous for many things – the smallest country to qualify for FIFA World Cup Finals; home of the Pitch Lake, the largest natural asphalt deposit in the world – to name a few. Perhaps T&T’s greatest claim to fame is their people; a diverse mish-mash of cultures and ethnicities that blend together perfectly to make a unique population with equally unique idiosyncrasies. Last year I blogged about how to spot this peculiar species in Yuh Know You is a Trini. Here are a few more identifying characteristics!
For those of you not familiar with Trini parlance, please refer to the Trinbago Dictionary here.
Yuh know you is a Trini too if…
…You are half Indian, half African, half Syrian, half French Creole, half Spanish and a quarter Carib.
…KFC deliverymen hail you out in the street
…You have several margarine/butter containers in your fridge containing anything but butter or margarine
…You fear maljoe
…You know somebody who knows somebody who has been jarayed
…Your name is Akil or Keisha; spelt with 10 letters and 2 apostrophes
…You had 300 guests, 6 groomsmen, and 6 bridesmaids at your wedding – and you’re unemployed
…You can’t spell Blanchisseuse
…Your car bumper sticker is “Ah What Less”
…You have a drawer full of plastic HiLo shopping bags
…At least one member of your family is a pastor/priest/pundit/imam
…You know a pastor, a policeman, and a bandit – and they’re all the same person
…You use the noun “ting” liberally – “Well look ting!” “Ting start” “Da’s he outside ting”
…You keep a cutlass and a box of tissues in your car
…You never run out of Crix
…You have given and received a good cuss out
…You spent your rent money on weave
…You don’t know what a zebra crossing is
…You know where to find Red Man
…Your boss is your sister’s baby daddy’s uncle’s half-brother
…You put coconut oil or Brillocream in your hair
…You douse your neck and chest in baby powder to keep cool
…Your have your loctician/barber/hairstylist’s number on speed dial
…You don’t wash and iron clothes on the same day for fear of contracting cramp
…You have no money on your phone
…You go out to come back
…You keep a sweater at work for when it rains
…Any temperature below 20°C is considered freezing
…You spend at least $50 a week on Lotto, Play Whe and scratch cards
…You plant something in your garden every Corpus Christi
…Your main source of news is Twitter
…The only time you used a turn indicator on a car was during your driving test
…Driving PH is your side gig
…You musical idol is 2 Chainz
…You believe ketchup is a vegetable
…Your sister posted a video of you getting licks from your mother on Facebook
…Four generations of your family live in the same house
…You sub-let an HDC apartment from your aunt
…Your Facebook status is “horning”
…You keep piles of old newspapers for “in case”
…Your email address is email@example.com
…You have no idea what the sign “Take One Only” means
…You’ve already made a downpayment on a Carnival 2015 costume but you haven’t thought about Christmas yet
I’m sure there are many more idiosyncrasies I did not mention. Add yours in the comments below!
October 13th, 2014 at 6:31 pm
You laugh in the saddest, most tragic parts of serious theatrical productions.
October 14th, 2014 at 7:02 pm
Very true! Lol
October 14th, 2014 at 11:20 pm
You automatically line up in the Green Line with a suitcase full of food at Piarco International Airport.
October 15th, 2014 at 5:50 pm
Good one, Wendy!