YES! Lots of em’. Why? Only because I am the PROUDEST, most PATRIOTIC Grenadian you’ll ever meet (verified). So, I was mandated to start this blog as a part of the Communication Technology course I am currently undertaking at the UWI (St. Augustine Campus). I was a little hesitant at first simply because I’m so scared of writing my thoughts for the world to read but as I got into the groove “Je l’ai aimé beaucoup” :). Now, again, I’ve been MIA for awhile but that’s because I was simply uninspired. I tried writing words that were in keeping with this topic but thoughts of my Grandmother’s passing kept clouding my brain (yes, that same Grammie who gave my mother castor oil as a “wash out” after every school break. She was really my GRAND mother. She was my first mother and was involved in every part of my life from birth until her death on March 22nd, 2015 at 6:05 a.m. Her wit, worrying, realness, scolding, PERSONALITY were the dashes of spice in my life. She was the dashes of spice that seasoned my entire family’s life. I promise you, she’s going to be missed by all who knew her. I promise you that I am slowly regaining the strength to think freely. I promise you that I will continue blogging, even vlogging, for you. Much Love 😉
Iz wey yuh talking bout(Trini slang)- What are you talking about(English translation
Bonjay lord(Grenadian slang)- Oh my! (English translation)
Slang-words that are not considered part of the standard vocabulary of a language and that are used very informally in speech especially by a particular group of people (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary).
Slangs have been a part of the language of many cultures ever since the development of oral culture. I personally love learning and using new slangs-whether in context or not. But of all the countries in the world, Trinidad and Tobago has to be first in the running for the craziest slangs I’ve ever heard. From ‘outta foil’ to ‘iz wey,’ ‘jux’ to ‘BT’, there’s just so many of them. Grenada has slangs as well. Most of them are borrowed but some are leftovers of the French Creole we once spoke on island. The remnants of the Creole have left slangs like Bonjay, Oui and others. When placed next to each other, the Trini’ list comfortably outdoes Grenada’s. These slangs, jargons, creole, or whatever you want to call it makes these islands what they are! So, on this journey, I’ve learnt that Trinidad and Tobago is not only the land of bacchanal, food and fete, but also the land of slang.
I’ve been missing in action for a few days…I know and I deeply apologize. Althought I speak of the culture of Trinidad and Tobago ..ALOT! A major part of ym journey here is academic. I’m in my final year and was caught up in my final year thesis project. This year was filled with teists, turns, ups, downs, lefts and rights but, my group members and I, took on all these challenges and proceeded to do our ethnographic study of the production of the webseries Totin Feelinz.
Totin Feelinz is a semi-scripted reality show that focuses on common relationship issues. Please check it out and let me know how you feel.
N.B I’m almost complete so I won’t be MIA for too long 😉
As I stepped on the rich soil of Trinidad and Tobago, the self-made “advisers” warned me of many places in Trinidad that I should not visitLaventille and Belmont were the two places I should stay away from. I wrote this in my mental diary and vowed to never enter those territories. My first trip to Port of Spain was via the Beetham Highway. I was taken aback by the two dilapidated communities I saw in such close proximity to the most industrious capital city in the Caribbean. Beetham and Sea Lots were a different Trinidad and Tobago. As I asked my friends about those communities, they informed me that they weremade up of drug dealers, thieves and all the other negatively labeleled, most criminal job titles in the world. As time passed I learnt alot more about Sea Lots and started asking why it is that those communities consisted of so many criminals (according to local media BTW). I looked for the link between poverty and their actions; was poverty the cause of their actions or were their actions the cause of poverty? I had many questions and little answers… I noted the many articles that featured outstanding persons in academics, sports and many other areas who grew up in those communities. For a long time I wondered why it is that those stories were hardly ever praised. But, as I continued my academic pursuit, I learnt of the agenda settting theory of Max McCombs and Donald Shaw. The media sets an agenda and ensures its acceptance by the masses via its various media. Even though I saw lots and heard lots….I’ve learnt that you really don’t know until you Sea Lots.
P.S. I’ve posted one of my fav songs for your pleasure 😉