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20 Things Only Barbadians Will Understand

You know you're a Bajan if...

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1. No one has ever heard of Barbados.

2. People think it's in Jamaica or Africa solely because of your accent and/or skin colour (if you're Black).

The accents aren't even the same...
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The accents aren't even the same...

3. People from outside of the Caribbean WILL be surprised you can speak Standard English “fluently.”

Though, to be fair, some Barbadians are surprised other Barbadians can speak it “fluently”...and judge you and call you “bougie.”
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Though, to be fair, some Barbadians are surprised other Barbadians can speak it “fluently”...and judge you and call you “bougie.”

4. People will assume you live in a grass hut and wear coconut bras and grass skirts.

They probably think your gym partner is a monkey.
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They probably think your gym partner is a monkey.

5. Furthermore, they're AMAZED we have computers and the internet.

True story. My sister went to Disney in Orlando for six months as part of her studies at Pommarine (Hospitality Institute). There was only one white student (male) that went with them. A teacher at the college they were enrolled in there asked him if we have computers. Guy replied he plugs his Blackberry into a coconut and hopes for the best.
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True story. My sister went to Disney in Orlando for six months as part of her studies at Pommarine (Hospitality Institute). There was only one white student (male) that went with them. A teacher at the college they were enrolled in there asked him if we have computers. Guy replied he plugs his Blackberry into a coconut and hopes for the best.

6. If your last name is Cumberbatch and you're family is from St. Peter, your ancestors were likely owned by those of Benedict Cumberbatch and you may well be related to him.

How does one even FEEL about this as a Black Barbadian Cumberbabe?Also, any excuse to bring up Benedict Cumberbatch. (*SWOON*)
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How does one even FEEL about this as a Black Barbadian Cumberbabe?

Also, any excuse to bring up Benedict Cumberbatch. (*SWOON*)

7. The BBC documentary “Barbado'ed: Scotland's Sugar Slaves” opened your eyes to a whole side of Barbados you never knew existed.

You can watch the documentary on Veoh.

8. If you are a “Bajan White”, you are automatically assumed to be rich and a surfer.

9. If you are “Indian” you're from Guyana or Trinidad.

If you look like you are from anywhere in the Middle East or Southern Asia you are Indian.Also, any excuse to bring up Naveen Andrews. (*SWOON*)
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If you look like you are from anywhere in the Middle East or Southern Asia you are Indian.

Also, any excuse to bring up Naveen Andrews. (*SWOON*)

10. If you are a Muslim who wears traditional Muslim clothing, you get stared at constantly.

Double points if you're Black, triple points if you're in a group.
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Double points if you're Black, triple points if you're in a group.

11. If you are a gay man, you're happy you don't live in Jamaica but Barbados is still backward on the whole gay rights issue.

And Didi is your idol!
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And Didi is your idol!

12. You've seen this image and laugh when non-Barbadians/Caribbean people try to use these words in a sentence.

13. You call Massy “Massa.”

You know why :).
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You know why :).

14. It is cheaper to order things online and ship them in than to buy them locally.

For the most part.
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For the most part.

15. No one knows that Rihanna is from here.

If she isn't Jamaican (close enough), she's American, English, Canadian and everything BUT Barbadian.
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If she isn't Jamaican (close enough), she's American, English, Canadian and everything BUT Barbadian.

16. People are shocked you don't know how to swim.

"How can you live on an island and not know how to swim?""Uh...easy?"
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"How can you live on an island and not know how to swim?"

"Uh...easy?"

17. You're not Bajan if you don't like mauby.

It's grounds for revoking your Barbadian citizenship.
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It's grounds for revoking your Barbadian citizenship.

18. You saw D-Piddy's Animekon video and laughed at the comments.

View this video on YouTube

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"Why are there so many Black people?"

19. Also, people are surprised you know what anime and cosplay are.

It's the internet age. Everything is everywhere for everyone to see.Also, we have white people too (and Asians, Hispanics and every other race on the planet).
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It's the internet age. Everything is everywhere for everyone to see.

Also, we have white people too (and Asians, Hispanics and every other race on the planet).

20. You freak out every time Barbados is mentioned in a movie or TV show.

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