We Trinis!
courtesy: Harts Carnival Website



Trinis are very passionate people if we are excited about something and trying to tell you a story you'd better stand back if you doh want to get ‘lick way’ because you know, the words are not enough, you have to have the antics too!
 
Trinidad is a small country and word travels at a speed that defies the laws of physics. You could hear a ‘talk’ at one end of the island, get in your car and drive to the other, and by the time you reach… what happen to you man, that’s old news!
 
A Trini will do anything for a lime…nuff said!
 
Trinis take their food seriously especially Pelau. This meal is a ‘staple’ at any gathering, we take it to Panorama, to the river lime, basically a trini can’t go 10 miles without packing a ‘pot of pelau and a cooler’.
 
Three squares a day takes on a different meaning for the average Trini… Doubles for breakfast, Pelau for lunch, and a roti after a long night of partying.
 
Only Trinis can stupse. What's a stuepse? Steupse, 1. (v) The act of sucking ones teeth when in a frustrating situation 2. (n) The sound made by a trini when dealing with some idiotic, moronic simpleton. See steupse (v). In short steupsing is a Trini phenomenon that can’t be explained, you’ll know it when you hear it! (If there is anybody out there who can spell the sound of a steupse…we’d like to hear from you!)
 
Trinis have an amazing way with names, if you have any sort of noticeable physical feature or shortcoming well, "crapaud smoke yuh pipe" that will be your nickname or life, and believe it we can make a name stick!
 
We always pride ourselves on the fact that we can drink and party more than anyone else in the world – please don’t challenge us on this one, we may have to hurt you.
 
Going to see a movie in Trinidad is not just a regular experience. The trini personality adds a certain extra ‘uumph’ to the whole experience. Any movie you go to see would not be complete without hearing the comments – you know the ones, ‘from pit’.
 
Trinis love to fete and they have no respect for their hearing or their liver… one sure way to find a group of Trinis in a party… if they not dancing by the speakers, they liming by the bar!
 
Trinis can smell fear… if you want to fit in you have to be able to take ‘pong’ (serious teasing), if you show you can’t take it de more dey go give it!
 
To the surprise of most foreigners Trinis actually do have only one official language, ENGLISH! However when we are speaking to each other it may not seem that way, for example Trini talking to a foreigner… "Wendy won Miss Universe isn’t that wonderful!"…Trini talking to Trini… "boy, dat is woman , yuh ent see how she lick dem up in de contest!"
 
Trinis have their own concept of time. The surest way to get people somewhere at 8:00 p.m. is to tell them to come for 6:00. They’re always late. Of course on carnival Monday and Tuesday this theory does NOT apply, the band ALWAYS leaves on time (give or take ten minutes but that’s considered on time)
 
Hangover remedies… we have many and any good trini would be happy to share them with you. Hung over? Have a next drink! More party sure to cure any hangover instantly.



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