yuh see meh in a red top and a brong pants.. yuh know? Wit meh
blue shoes….is Me…ah Trini! Ah eh dress bad… Ah jus dress up
to go out. When ah laugh… anywhere in de world yuh could tell
is me cause ah go laugh out loud…and hard… and long! Is just
how ah is. Wit meh brown paper bag full of tings for meh family
in de cole…LUK MEH.. goin' through the airport in Foreign. Das
Five suitcase and tree bag full of peppersauce, mango, a bottle
of rum and a piece of Auntie Ellie Pone!
know meh by de way ah walk…ah takin in every ting in as ah go…lookin
up… sideways an ting. Yuh know? Ah have dis need to maco well
an get every ting stick in meh brain so dat when ah get back,
ah could expouse on what ah did see an ting.
ah doin meh wuk…lef meh alone…ah wukin! An ah eh leavin de ting
till I done wuk. When cricket come and Lara battin', doh even
sit next to meh…cause you could end up hurt, when yuh see meh
hand start flyin' as de runs begin. When yuh see de umpire tief
one ah we…move yes…because if yuh thought it was bad, when tings
was good, pardner…is now meh whole body movin'…especially meh
time is meh real ting…by October ah round de Savannah tryin'
to lose weight so ah go look good for dem two days when ah start
to wine. Ah want meh music loud and meh head bad… But ah startin'
to party since Christmas yuh know?… After all we Trinis does
take we tings real serious!
a few more things you should know about us Trinis: Trinis are
very passionate people if we are excited about something and
trying to tell you a story you'd better stand back if you doh
want to get 'lick way' because you know, the words are not enough,
you have to have the antics too!
is a small country and word travels at a speed that defies the
laws of physics. You could hear a 'talk' at one end of the island,
get in your car and drive to the other, and by the time you
reach… what happen to you man, that's old news!
Trini will do anything for a lime…nuff said! Trinis take their
food seriously especially Pelau. This meal is a 'staple' at
any gathering, we take it to Panorama, to the river lime, basically
a Trini can't go 10 miles without packing a 'pot of pelau and
a cooler'. Three squares a day takes on a different meaning
for the average Trini…
for breakfast, Pelau for lunch, and a roti after a long night
Trinis can steupse. What's a steupse? (1) -Steupse ....is ah
verb- The act of sucking ones teeth when in a frustrating situation.
( 2)- is ah noun - The sound made by a trini when dealing with
some idiotic, moronic simpleton. In short, steupsing is a Trini
phenomenon that can't be explained, you'll know it when you
hear it! (If there is anybody out there who can spell the sound
of a steupse…we'd like to hear from you!)
have an amazing way with names, if you have any sort of noticeable physical
feature or shortcoming well, "crapaud smoke yuh pipe" that will be your
nickname for life, and believe it we can make a name stick! We always pride
ourselves on the fact that we can drink and party more than anyone else
in the world – please don't challenge us on this one, we may have to hurt
to see a movie in Trinidad is not just a regular experience.
The Trini personality adds a certain extra 'uumph' to the whole
experience. Any movie you go to see would not be complete without
hearing the comments – you know the ones, 'from pit'.
love to fete and they have no respect for their hearing or their
liver… one sure way to find a group of Trinis in a party… if
they not dancing by the speakers, they liming by the bar!
can smell fear… if you want to fit in you have to be able to take 'pong'
(serious teasing), if you show you can't take it de more dey go give it!
the surprise of most foreigners Trinis actually do have only
one official language, ENGLISH! However when we are speaking
to each other it may not seem that way, for example, Trini talking
to a foreigner, "Wendy won Miss Universe isn't that wonderful!"
Trini talking to Trini… "boy, dat is woman, yuh ent see how
she lick dem up in de contest!"
have their own concept of time. The surest way to get people
somewhere at 8:00 p.m. is to tell them to come for 6:00 p.m.
They're always late. Of course on Carnival Monday and
Tuesday this theory does NOT apply, the band ALWAYS leaves on
time (give or take ten minutes but that's considered on time).
remedies… we have many and any good Trini would be happy to
share them with
you. Hung over? Have a next drink! More party sure to cure any
by ah anonymous Trini