Digital Guyana

Are you using that?

Posted on: July 25, 2009

The students have all been kind with us, speaking the Queen’s English in lessons. We’d have been in trouble if they’d chosen to use the Guyanese Creole that many use among their friends and at home.

That said, we’ve picked up a little. Current favourite expressions are:

  • Trow back – meaning ‘relax’. First heard (in a lovely coming together of the figurative and literal) in relation to the hammock hanging on our back porch.
  • Use – meaning ‘to eat’, which makes sense when you consider food from a purely functional standpoint. As in ‘do you use sugar with tea’? Or ‘will you use here or take away’ (eat in or take away).
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