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23 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning If You Were Raised By Caribbean Parents

"Pass mi di ting from di ting" – that could literally be anything but OK.

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1. "Pot"

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What it means to everyone else: A kitchen utensil, typically made of metal, used for cooking.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: A Dutch pot, aka the most important item in the kitchen, and the only appropriate utensil for cooking curry goat.

Example sentence "Why yuh never wash di pot?" (To which the answer is always a lie like "I was leaving it to soak.")

2. "Tea"

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What it means to everyone else: A popular beverage, usually served hot.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: A drink that is the cure for everything.

Example sentence: "Yuh sick? Drink some tea."

3. "Ting"

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What it means to everyone else: A sharp, ringing sound.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: An unknown object that you've momentarily forgotten the name of, usually used by an elder in a command.

Example sentence: "Pass mi di ting from di ting." (You're expected to understand exactly what "ting" they're referring to and where it is.)

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4. "Tree"

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What it means to everyone else: A plant with a single stem, which grows from the ground and has many, many leaves.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: The number three.

Example sentence: "Bring tree." (Not to be confused with bringing an entire tree.)

5. "Teef"

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What it means to everyone else: A way of pronouncing the word "teeth" without the "th".

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: A thief.

Example sentence: "Yuh too dyam teef." (To which the best response would be to return whatever you've just stolen or to apologise.)

6. "Bright"

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What it means to everyone else: Something that gives out a lot of light.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: Rude.

Example sentence: "Yuh too bright." (To which the adequate response is probably to shut your mouth.)

7. "Lick"

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What it means to everyone else: The act of passing your tongue over something in order to taste, moisten, or clean it.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: The consequence for being "too bright", "too lie", or generally out of order. In other words, a slap.

Example sentence: "Yuh want a lick?" (Also used in the even worse plural form, "Come here for some licks.")

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8. "Yeah"

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What it means to everyone else: An informal pronunciation of an affirmative response.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: A word you must never use in answer to your mother calling you.

Example sentence: "Who name 'Yeah'?" (Expect this answer from your mother or grandmother if you answer them in that way.)

9. "Big woman/man"

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What it means to everyone else: An adult human who is particularly large.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: A way of describing someone who has grown up considerably, thinks they're grown, or is actually grown.

Example sentence: "Yuh tun big woman now!"

10. "Linger"

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What it means to everyone else: To stay in a place longer than necessary.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: This song and dance (spelt "linga").

Example sentence: "Sweep yuh foot to di right and snap yuh finga. NUH LINGA! NUH LINGA!"

11. "Vicks"

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What it means to everyone else: An ointment used for the alleviation of coughs and colds.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: The answer to any illness. It could probably cure pneumonia if you believed hard enough.

Example sentence: "Come mek mi rub some Vicks pon it." (To which the accurate response would be to prepare your chest for a rub-down.)

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12. "Soon"

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What it means to everyone else: In or after a short time.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: Could mean in the next five minutes, could mean in the next five hours.

Example sentence: "Mi soon come man." (This could literally mean anything so don't hold your breath.)

14. "Murder She Wrote"

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What it means to everyone else: A mystery TV series, starring Angela Lansbury.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: A popular song that if heard on a Sunday, usually means cleaning is about to take place. It’s also a classic at every family gathering.

Example sentence: "I know this little girl, her name is Maxine..."

15. "Alcohol"

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What it means to everyone else: A drink that, if consumed too heavily, can cause inebriation.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: Something found in every household, to be rubbed on whichever body part is feeling pain.

Example sentence: "Fetch di alcohol."

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16. "Milo"

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What it means to everyone else: That one purple character in the TV show The Tweenies.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: The best chocolate "tea" ever.

Example sentence: "Milo or Ovaltine?"

17. "Milk"

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What it means to everyone else: A pale liquid drawn from a cow or other animal, usually delivered or bought from the store.

What it means when you were raised by Caribbean parents: Something sweet and thick, and the only thing you'd put in your tea.

Example sentence: "Bring some milk come."

18. "Chubby"

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What it means to everyone else: A word to describe a person or thing that is plump.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: A fizzy drink you drank as a child.

Example sentence: "Yuh want a Chubby?"

19. "Pepper"

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What it means to everyone else: Usually comes in black peppercorns to sprinkle over food.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: A Scotch bonnet pepper. It's also used to describe something spicy.

Example sentence: "Watch di pepper."

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20. "Fish"

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What it means to everyone else: A cold-blooded vertebrate animal that lives in water.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: A meal that is best stewed or fried, and the best thing about Easter.

Example sentence: "Come mek mi fry some fish."

21. "Home"

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What it means to everyone else: The place you currently reside in.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: Somewhere in the Caribbean.

Example sentence: "I'm going back home."

22. "Mosquito"

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What it means to everyone else: A bloodsucking fly.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: A little bloodclart.

Example sentence: "Mosquitos are likkle bloodclarts." (All foreign visitors to the Caribbean know this to be true.)

23. "Plantain"

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What it means to everyone else: Something that is often confused with a banana.

What it means if you were raised by Caribbean parents: A food sent from the gods and best served fried.

Example sentence: "It's pronounced 'plan-tin' NOT 'plan-tain'." (This is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.)