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Ya Know Ya is a Bajan When......Jokes

A very funny email continually goes around to fellow Barbadians around the world about famous Barbadian sayings and we're so sure that as is the case with the internet, as this email was sent from 1 person to another the list grew larger and larger with more famous sayings.

TotallyBarbados.com would love to credit the authors for this fine collection of Barbadian sayings, but unfortunately are unable to find or locate the person or persons. To who ever contributed to this list, great work! Enjoy!

Ya Know Ya is a Bajan When......

You refer to a national holiday as a bank holiduh

Jug is somethin' ya eat and not somethin' ya does put ya food in

Ya does move scruffy

Cheese on bread aint got nuttin to do wid being hungry

Ya uses words like fowl cock, rock stone and ram goat

Somebody stupid is actually a poppit

Every childhood game can be played for licks

Soup is a bit of water and nuff dumplings, potatoes, yams, eddoes and any other ground provision ya could find

Any hot beverage is considered tea - cocoa tea, coffee tea, tea tea, green tea

You finish sentences wid de word dennn

You canbuy a pint n half of cockspur in a rumshop without anyone asking you for ID even though you're only 12 years old

You take sick people to the horsepital

IMF means I man father

You have a bad fall and ya either lick up, break up, skin up or catspraddle

The word horn does not conjure up images of Dizzy Gillespie or Jazz

Tek is more than the name of a toothbrush

Dub is the force, dub is...the.....force!!!!

Yuh does eat leadpipes!!!

Yuh does see the humour in a cartoon named "gumby and pokey"!!!

De cardinal points is eass, wess norf and sowf!!

Yuh constantly explaining dat de dolphin you does eat is a fish and not a mammal!

Nuh fish doan taste like a fish from Baxter's road!! A bread and two is not 3 breads!!!

De word "foop" is not a "sound word like "voop" and "woosh"!!!

A cutter is not a sharp utensil

All de seasons uh de year start wid "C" - Congaline, Crop Over, Cricket and Christmas!!!

Choice bread doan mean a good selection!

Yuh does stupse when yuh hear a
Tobagonian talking bout "their flying

A snakebite does only mek you drunk or tipsy - depending pun how much
bites yuh have!!!

Liming in front Cave Shepherd is a integral part a growin' up

Yuh pun a "brasion"!! Even ef yuh only goin' tuh de beech, yuz be dress dung in bare hard

Yuh doan got tuh be mystical tuh be gypsy

Yuh just cyant guh town an' doan see someone yuh know

When somebody call ya pun de phone and sa 'wait you still home?' or when
da see ya pun de road and ask ya if ya still living

Yuh don't have to be drinking to ask for a scotch

Yuh don't have to be spiteful to be malicious

Yuh call every stranger either boss man,
partner or skipper

It could barely get overcast and everybody coming school in a sweater

Yuh call a man a 'johnny' and de man name Kevin

Asking 'fuh piece' cud mean :"gimme a turn", "mek some room for me" or "u cud as well gimme de whole ting coz i licrish"

'Banks' not only good for keeping ya money

School work does got yuh "caffufle"

When it too hard to spell some a de things ya does say: "wahever" "gohblenya"

You can "go in Kentucky" or go up Miami Beach without leaving the

You say "whappenin" even at a funeral

De word unmarley en got nutten tuh do wid Bob

Yuh understand de word bozie

De word juk could be a noun or a verb

De word collins don mean somebody name

The word BULL has endless meanings

If yuh cyan believe someting true yuh does either say "Wait?!" or "fuh chu?!"

If being "sporty" hardly have enyting to do wid sports

De word 'Oba' is synonymous wid track and field

If ya 'did de dawg', it has nothing to do wid a canine

"Don't off-set me!" is used to mean "leff me lone".

You distinguish between public and private owned transport by 'bus' and 'van'.

You 'skin ya teeth' when you smile and 'put up ya face' when you frown

You can 'go up St Lucy' and 'go down St Lucy' without changing direction

Words like 'hard' and 'bad' have 30 different meanings

The word liberty brings to mind 98.1 and not freedom

The warehouse is always the warehouse no matter what they name it

You speak of 'the van stand' and everyone knows what you are talking about even though they are three of them

The beach refers to the South or West Coast and Bathsheba is anywhere on the East Coast

Yuh know dat 'hard wine' ain got nuttin tuh do wid liquor

Yuh might tink dat being a half idiot is worse than being a idiot

Hell is de worse place ever was, and the best...You could look good as hell, and dem fishcakes could be oily as hell, that garbage pile could smell stink as hell...

You know the licence plates of all public transportation, and you are on
first name basis with de drivers...

You could be hot wid perspiration, vex with botheration and sick wid palpitations

Being described as real ignorant is a compliment

You spell college with a 'k' and a 'j'!

Yuh live 5 minutes from de beach and does get a sea-bath 5 times a year...

When somebody got talk fuh you, dem does never >be talking to YOU

Yuh don't have to be an Athlete to know bout de "runnings"

"Hold" doan necessarily mean "to hold" cuz yuh cud "hol' nuff, nuff licks" in a fight

Yuh could be anywhere in Bim and still be guin' down East Coast Rd."

Yuh noah dat "pickin a lime" ain gots nuttin to do wid a visit to de orchard

Yuh noah dat de Dipper is a person an not a constellation

When you give directions like this. bubble up the street, Make a right at the mango tree. Go all the way down till you get to 3 rude boys liming on the block. You will see an esso. dont turn there, make a left. you will see a green house. That not it, go straight. Its the blue house in front of the Two dunk trees. You can' mis it. It has the white Toyota Camey with the plates S001 in front of it.

You refer to all storage spaces built in your home as "cupboard."

You tell the host "Good Night" when you first arrive at someone's home in the evening.

When someone sympathises with you, you comment "Yuh tink it easy?"

You always find yourself standing next to plenty luggage and boxes at the airport - when you travel home, you bring an extra suitcase - going down, it has none of your clothes; returning, it has food.

You hate to throw away empty containers as they might come in handy for pepper sauce or "green seasonings."

You chew and suck all the marrow from the chicken bone.

You bring home food from a party

You chew the ice when you finish your drinks

At Christmas, you have to have "black cake"

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By: Allison
O ma Gaug, I laff till I cry
Date: Mar 13, 2014

By: Karen in Los Angeles
Here's another one: "Watch pot can't boil"
Date: Mar 13, 2014

By: Althea
Ya paying the same coolie man $5 a week for the past 10 years (ok, maybe 5) and all ya got to show for it is a 200-thread count sheet set.
Date: Mar 13, 2014

By: nolaboard
Now if someone could please translate these sayings for us non Bajans who love the place and would love to know better!
Date: Mar 13, 2014

By: marcia, new jersey usa
man i aint no d las dey i laff so much. this use to crack me up, i dead wid laugh and favorite all time, reverse back; dont fuhget to remember...fuh get how sweet bajan talk is.
Date: Feb 8, 2014

By: Cierra Riley
Me real real happy tuh read de jokes . Me is American . But love de bajans much much. Hopin I talkin de words right eh?
Date: Dec 10, 2013

By: tony
HILARIOUS .this is so funny .Don't forget the duppy and the steel donkey.
Date: Nov 25, 2013

By: Claire
Loved this!! My hubby is English but his parents Bajan + we got married there. Took me years to realize when my father in law was speaking to me, cos just didn't understand him. Much better now. My mother in law reckons I was Bajan in a past life, cos love the food. I call coucou 'belly-therapy';-)
Iza bajan in me heart...but sadly have German passport. Nevermind cant wait to return to BIM.
Date: Nov 12, 2013

By: Debbie
I am reading this and crying!!!!! LOLLLLLLLL This is soooooo funny I have to share it with my friends!!!!! Everything is so true, I live here so I hear it everyday!!!
Date: Jul 31, 2013

By: Peggy
Man. tell me I en late. I jus see this now now and it good eh? Man I laff til ma side hut.I like it good Mek you talk mo.
Date: Jan 23, 2013

By: Joan
... you live in uh upstairs,downstairs wall house
or include one in your directions.
Date: Dec 18, 2012

By: Stacey
I tell ya, I laugh so hard I almost peed myself. The tears still running down my face. I especially love the "half idiot" one, whichin, you know you really gone cause we all know that the other half (aka the good "not idiot" half) should kick in and tak over, right?
Date: Nov 13, 2012

By: Maureen
oh laud, i laff and laff, man i miss home bad bad bad....wish i cud ga back mo offen...keep it up --Buffalo, NY
Date: Oct 24, 2012

By: Al Wright
Wha evva part uh yuh body hurt "yuh got gas"
Date: Jul 29, 2012

By: Noami
bajans real malicious doh, and dem is a bajan, love dat one
Date: Jan 20, 2012

By: Peter
You have a bad fall and ya either lick up, break up, skin up or catspraddle

Nutun cant beat dis one. I don kay wha ena say. Lou Drayton from the Draytons 2 (my persoanl friend) still talk like this to me even after 30 yrs away from Bim.
Date: Jul 24, 2011

By: gwen
I love it. My father was from Barbados. I was raised in the US. I grew up with many bajan sayings. The words were always in my ears. I plan on going to BIM, soon.
Date: Jul 18, 2011

By: Maxine
This had me in stitches, they say you can tek me out of Barbados, but you can't tek Barbados outta me.
Date: Mar 2, 2011

By: Natasha
Had me dying uh laff. Hilarious but true.
Date: Feb 6, 2011

By: Baj boo
Fuh true den, wunna fuhget bout 'pushin wunna lips', de bajan women does love to grunt and and skin up she mout. De 'pushin' could mean: 'hol on, go so, get tru, don't come back, ask he'... in de end even a real bajan is perplexed on what she does really mean doh....
Date: Jan 21, 2011

By: Patricia
I'm British born my parents are bajan, this made me laugh til I cried.
Missing bajan direction
'GO SO'.
Date: Jun 15, 2010

By: sanchia
u forgot when giving directions we does say when u go down the road (right) meck a left (right) and u would see a mango tree (right) den mek a right (right) a jamacian man draw this to our attention had all the people in the van breaking down (lauging) lol.. he does dont know where to go when done...

Date: Sep 17, 2009

By: Kelly-Ann
I wuh eat some stew dumplings right now den. I home sick foh tru doh.
Bronx, NY
Date: Jun 21, 2009

By: peter white
I is a bajan who born dey, I grow up dey,and now I living ovehey I missing dey.
Date: Jun 18, 2009

By: Annette
I love Bim and the Bajan ways. My favorite Bajan saying is "OK Denn"!
Date: Jun 10, 2009

By: Cheryl
My mother was Bajan and my daddy was Jamacian...I love this site. Daughter teethed on chicken bone. I love US!
Date: May 7, 2009

By: Glen S
My family are bajans when i read this forum im in tears with laughter......fantastic keep it up......
Date: May 2, 2009

By: Marie
Gosh, i find dat so funny....dey fugget .."I from BIM" LOLOLOL...and we is de onliest ones dat does end a sentence with "RIGHT" i love this so much, i gun and read it again......
Date: Mar 15, 2009

By: divapat
Too, too funny! I am a "Bajan Yankee", but my hubby (as well as my dad) was born in St. George. Reading these tell me we ain' bin home in too many years now -- but God sparin' life, we gine get dere dis summer, nuh?
Date: Feb 10, 2009

By: Chris
This was bare bashment, i like it bad, some ah dem had me deadin, only thing i wuh change is that for the directions u forgot the part, "if u see de big house nex to de church You Gone Too Far." dat line is key to de ting :P , much love n respect.
Date: Feb 6, 2009

truly funny i was breaking up hard and laughing wid tears in my eyes bajans r naturally funny even when they r not trying 2 b where a match 4 the jamaicans and the other islands were all one nuff jokes love and unite peace
Date: Jan 15, 2009

By: Poni
I need to go back lol, this had me skinnin' so hard.
Date: Dec 18, 2008

By: Vanessa
This is awesome! I talk Bajan dialect with my kids and dey tink it is so funny. After returning from a trip home two years ago my then 10 year old was in the classroom and something occurred that she wasn't aware of and she chimed in out loud "wait wuh gine on?" The kids all turned around and looked at her funny. She told me "mom I guess I had a little too much of Barbados on my vacation."
Date: Nov 16, 2008

By: april
My father is from Barbados and my mom is African American and Cherokee Indian.I know nothing about the Barbados culture. I would love to learn one day. I know the what the music is, but thats about it.
Date: Oct 14, 2008

By: Kate
Its been so long since i have heard these sayings....I am still laughing,,,now i know i have been away from Bim for too long....Delaware USA
Date: Jul 21, 2008

By: rose
I still use "yuh tink it easy" sometime. When I get together with my Bajan friends we would throw in a few and have a big laugh.
Date: Jun 13, 2008

By: Ryan
Boy I in Bim n de ting serious I laugh til I near bus my gut
Date: May 30, 2008

By: Makini
hey this is all true had a friend doin this years ago for independence...theres is lots mor to add...mayb when i get the time
Date: Apr 26, 2008

By: karen
Boy sucking all de chicken bones and marrow. Dat is so true. I still do it.

Date: Apr 5, 2008

By: Patsy
This was too sweet, bye fa now was missing. okay thenn should be added to the list.
Date: Apr 2, 2008

By: Julie
This was sweet boy, uh laugh til muh belly hurt
Date: Feb 28, 2008

By: Ann
I like reading this. It keep me in touch with my culture.
very funny stuff.
Date: Feb 2, 2008

By: michelle
It is all true ah laugh ma guts full
Date: Nov 18, 2007

By: Annette
I read this when ever I want a big laugh or I am home sick.Baltimore,MD
Date: Oct 22, 2007

By: Rene
Funny and true mek me homesick bout to look up some tickets it's been to long. Worcester MA, USA
Date: Oct 19, 2007

By: .
Great Website. Keep Barbadian culture alive. Lets not have it diluted with N.American and other cultures. It is important to acknowledge and highlight our ways. We have a great identity. I love Barbados. I am a proud and fortunate Barbadian.
Date: Sep 30, 2007

By: Tara
Those fact were so funny and so true. Cheese on bread i almost die laughing.
Date: Sep 27, 2007

By: Kimberley
Date: Sep 9, 2007

By: Antoinette
I could agree with Jessica. I laughed so hard I cried.The beach one is good because it does not have a back door.I have not heard these saying in years.I have to go backhome.
Date: Sep 7, 2007

By: Jacquie
This is so funny. It brings back memories. I've been out of the island too long!!!
Date: Jul 12, 2007

By: Patricia
I laugh so hard, it was real funny fuh tru. I read it with my son.
Date: Jun 21, 2007

By: Tricia
Man dis ting so funny and true fa real de best one was somebody giving directions to a house....... man i laught till i cry...I home sick now.
Date: Jun 4, 2007

By: Tim
This is really funny... Had my side hurtin'
Date: May 31, 2007

By: Toni
that was hilarious! I laughed my head off and the really funny thing is...its really true!!
Date: May 31, 2007

By: Jessica
I laughed so hard I cried. This is too funny. Boston USA
Date: May 16, 2007

By: Karen
I am surprise no one has commented...Boy! Did I laugh my head off at work...

Date: Apr 12, 2007

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