July 02, 2010

Batimamselle | Yuh is ah Trini


Triniglish|Trinididioms Spoken and Explained #13
Yuh is ah Trini|if you know what is ah Batimamselle

A combination of the English term "Batty" and French Mamselle were united to come up with batimanselle. I am still confused and can’t understand how this very strange combination was coined. Rest assured though  it was one that rolled off the lips of the children in Trinidad. Somehow they combined Batty, a reference to crazy, odd, eccentric and the patois term for woman (mademoiselle, mamselle) to form the word battimamselle that somehow was meant to describe the erratic flying  patterns of the Dragon fly.

Well if you did not know a battimamselle is the famous dragonfly. The person who coined the term must have been very upset with his spouse or girlfriend and had to be inebriated after drinking some good babash to have coined the term to describe the Dragonfly. 

As children we would go to the areas where the batimamselles would be dipping into the water while hovering and mating - the double-decker batimamselles. We would use our make shift nets to swoop down and skim the water to catch our batimamselles. That was fun but in the end we released these erratic flying ladies back to the brush to continue with their water rituals.
Dictionary Source:http://www.amazing-trinidad-vacations.com/trinidad-and-tobago-dictionary.html

 
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