So, Barbados is my home now and I've certainly enjoyed the past
One of my favorite things about Barbados is the way people talk. Some people may rave about the Jamaican accent or the Trini lilt, but I've grown fond of the Bajan dialect. There are some hilarious sayings that tickle my ears when I hear them. Here are a few of my faves:
"Cheese-on-bread": To express shock, excitement, disappointment, disbelief, etc. Similar to "Oh my goodness!" In a sentence, one might hear: "Cheese-on-bread! Can't believe he dropped the ball AGAIN!"
Kuh-DEAR (also spelled, kadir, cuhdear, kuhdeer, etc): Similar to "awwww"; When i was traveling to St. Lucia recently, I told my Bajan friend that I missed home (aka Barbados), to which he replied "Kuh-DEAR!!! Yuh Bajan now!"
"Yuh gettin' tru?" (aka, "you getting through?): The first time someone asked me this, he had to repeat himself so many times that he just relented and said, "how are you doing?" So much easier, no?! Lol.
Scabbical: this word cracks me up, but i'm not exactly sure what it means. according to urban dictionary, it means "unclassy, trashy, etc" there's an ad running on the radio that refers to a "scabbical turkey" that's gotten loose, but mostly, i hear it referring to a woman who sleeps around or something. will check back with you on this one.
Wukkin' up: bumping and grinding, dirty dancing, insane hip gyrations. I try to practice wukkin up every weekend.
Bashment: when i hear this word, i think of the moment when a party goes from tame to buckwild in the span of like 15 mins. everyone's standing around sipping their delicate cocktails and next thing you know, the DJ plays like 2 or 3 good songs in a row and it's just chaos, body parts flying everywhere, sweat dripping, etc. to me, that party has reached bashment proportions. Lots of that going on in Barbados.
Bim: a nickname for Barbados, short for Bimshire, which is what England called Barbados back in the day
STUP-see (or maybe it's pronounced STOOP-see): the equivalent of sucking one's teeth to express disapproval. I can't quite stupse yet, but it won't be long now...
No telling which of these verbal ticks I'll come back to America with, but I get a good chuckle. Anyway, I have lots more to talk about but will save it for later. :)