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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO TURKS ISLAND-SLANG!

ULTIMATE GUIDE TO TURKS ISLAND-SLANG!

THE LINGO OF THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS

 

So one of the great things about visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands that it's an English-speaking country and the money currency is the US Dollar. It is quite easy for Americans to travel here and most other English-speaking countries.  So at least you guys wouldn't have to worry about speaking in a different language right?!

WRONG!

Officially, the Locals speak English. But we really speak a language of our own. A language full of odd terms with a mix of American, English, African & words mash-up together you never heard of; Oh and the expression we can't forget those. On an everyday basis we put our best foot forward and our best English-speaking skills that most Brits would be proud of, but what most tourist don't know is the Turks Island-Slang; it's a whole other lingo!

Wheelland Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Wheelland Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Having dinner at Las Brisas in Chalksound Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Having dinner at Las Brisas in Chalksound Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

  • “Don't polish floor for monkey to dance on.”

    Yes, this is a sentence that could potentially come out of a Turks Islander person’s mouth and yes, that actually means something. Want to know? Well, here’s a list of Turks Island slang/terms and their American counterparts! This list could go on and on, but here are a few slang phrases/terms to start with! You may not be confident in saying the words but at least you will understand when you hear the terms.

    CRACKY — Crazy
    YINNA — You'll
    TERECKLY — Soon
    JUMBIE — Ghost
    GREEN — Young/Naive
    SWEET MOUTH — Meat Lover
    DISGUSTING — rude
    SUCK GUT — No Good
    DIVING CONCH! — Falling Asleep
    HOW YA MEAN! — That's Right!
    TO NORIT — Going North
    GHOST MOVE — going somewhere but don't want no one to know
    TALK BUSINESS — Gossip
    NOSEY — Wants to know everything
    GAL — Girl
    INE KNO — I Don't Know
    INE GON LIE — I'm not gonna Lie
    BLESS YA SOUL — Tell you about yourself and then some (in a not so kind manner.)
    TURN ROUND FAST — hurry up
    MAKE HASTE — hurry up/let's go
    THAT'S YA BUSINESS — not my problem
    GIMME — give me
    VAIT — wait
    VELL HELL — you can't be serious
    GET YA SKIN — get away from me, you are talking foolishness
    GOAT — dumb/stupid
    YA SEE THAT AYE! — you see that too right!
    DOWN DA ROAD — down the street
    BUSH CRACK MAN GONE — when you're in trouble your so call friends are gone.
    SLACK — not responsible
    STOP YA MESS — behave yourself
    LEAVE ME LONE — leave me alone
    PERSONS — people
    INE TELL YOU THAT — I didn't tell you that
    TO SOURIT — Going South
    DRUNK MAN SOBER WORDS — a drunk person speaks openly/truthfully

    BEST STOP DO FOOL --- better stop fooling around

    NOW LISTEN HERE --- now you listen to me

    POT CALLIN KITTLE BLACK --- a person being a hypocrite for criticizing someone for something they also do.

    PIG STILL PORK & GOAT STILL MUTTON --- everything still the same nothing has change

    CHILIN --- Children

    MUSSE --- Must Be

    SEA DOGGIE --- Sea Cucumber

    PRIM—- Blush

    So, after vigorously studying all of the above, you should be able to translate the following:

    “Yinna best stop do fool! When bush crack man gone!”translates to “You'll better stop fooling around! When trouble comes your so call friends gonna be gone !”

    “Stop being green gal! Yinna don't go nowhere in public only Ghost Move.” translates to " Stop being naive girl! You'll don't go nowhere in public only somewhere where nobody would know.”

    “Why did you do that? Signs* you Goat!” translates to “why did you do that? Signs* you stupid!”

    “Now listen here! don't make me bless ya soul for you.” translates to “Now you listen to me! Don't make me have to tell you about yourself and then some.”

    Hope this mini dictionary is somewhat handy for anyone visiting or moving to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

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Dining At The Silver Palm Restaurant

Dining At The Silver Palm Restaurant