November 24, 2011

"If snake come outta bush an’ say “snake dey!”… He dey" | Yuh is ah Trini


Triniglish|Trinididioms spoken and explained #108
Yuh is ah Trini | "If snake come outta bush an’ say “Snake dey!”

Talk is cheap and not everything that you hear is reliable for passing on to someone else. However, knowing Trinis as well as I do, any news is good news because we like to maco then go and gossip with our neighbors.

Neighbor, neighbor yuh eh hear what jus' happen dey? No but ah sure yuh will tell meh. From this point the story is embellished, polished and sent off with such sincerity that you, the listening audience, is left holding yuh hand over yuh mouth and saying, "no, yuh don't say!"

Have you ever found yourself in such a situation? Well there is a saying in Trinidad that goes like this, "If snake come outta the bush an' say, "Snake Dey!" Well then, 'he dey'.  So now that you have read it, the question now has to be asked, "do you know what it means"? Well simply put, "if someone more knowledgeable that you informs you of something, then there is a good chance it is correct"!

Now that we know that and if we can go back to the macoocious neighbor who just surprised you with some news 'hot off the press' then you should know better. Has this person done this before? Was he or she correct or was it simply mauvais langue? Just remember the part that says "someone more knowledgeable that you" and you can add to that a simple word, "trustworthy" and then you just might get away with passing on the information. 

Sometimes it is simply better to listen then keep your mouth shut until 'de mark buss' - that is one for another post. Trini good eh!

 
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