Officially, the language of the dual-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago is English. But when it comes to everyday conversations on these two Caribbean islands, most people use an English-based creole that the locals call Trini. Trini speakers tend to shorten their sentences by getting rid of excess words to go straight to the point — they also speak at lightning speed! And, of course, like in every language worth its salt, Trini sayings, slang, and idioms have developed with time to make life a little more fun and colorful.
Below is a list of 19 Trini sayings and phrases we use all the time in Trinidad and Tobago. Whether you’re an out-of-towner who wants to understand the locals better or an expatriated Trinidadian or Tobagonian who is nostalgic for the language of their homeland, these Trinidadian sayings are sure to make you laugh.