Ya Know Ya is a Bajan When......Jokes
You 'tink you is a real Bajan?
Whether you're a Bajan or simply a Bajan at heart, you'll recognize and appreciate the unique flavor of the Bajan dialect. Think you're a real Bajan? Read on to find out.
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.
Totally Barbados would love to credit the authors for their fine collection, but unfortunately we haven't been able to source the person/persons who took the time to pull this classic list together.
So, to whoever contributed to the list below, we thank you! We've also added a few of our own home grown favorites for you to enjoy.
Ya Know Ya is a Bajan When......
-- You refer to a national/public holiday as a 'bank holiduh' or a 'bank'
-- You know to 'curse' someone doesn't mean putting a spell on them
-- Jug is somethin' ya eat and not somethin' ya does put ya food in
-- Ya does move 'scruffy'
-- 'Cheese on bread' ain't 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 water, nuff dumplings, potatoes, yams, eddoes and any other ground provision ya could find
-- You consider any hot beverage to be 'tea' - cocoa tea, coffee tea, tea tea, green tea
-- You finish your sentences wid de word 'dennnnnn'
-- You call an avocado a 'pear'
-- You take sick people to the 'horse-pit-al'
-- IMF means - I man father
-- You can buy a pint n half of cockspur in a rumshop without anyone asking you for ID even though you're only 12 years old
-- You say 'dat eaaaaasy' instead of 'no problems'
-- You have a bad fall and ya either 'lick up', 'breck up', skin up or catspraddle
-- You play football on de 'parse-ture'
-- The word horn does not conjure up images of Dizzy Gillespie or Jazz
-- 'Horning' has no association with jazz music.
-- Tek is more than the name of a toothbrush
-- Dub is the force, dub is...the.....force!!!!
-- You wonder why people are always 'playin' de fool', doing 'bare foolishness' or 'sky larking'
-- Anything in the distance is 'yonder'
-- De cardinal points are eass, wess, norf and sowf
-- Yuh constantly explaining dat de dolphin you does eat is not 'Flipper'!
-- A 'cutter' is not a sharp utensil
-- You call a machete a 'cutlass'
-- Yuh does eat leadpipes!!!
-- Yuh does see the humour in a cartoon named "gumby and pokey"!!!
-- 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"!!!
-- 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 fish"
-- A snakebite does only mek you drunk or tipsy - depending pun how much bites yuh have!!!
-- Liming in front Cave Shepherd is an integral part a growin' up
-- Yuh pun a "brasion"!!
-- Even ef yuh only goin' tuh de beech, yuz be dress dung in bare hard gear
-- 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" or "gohblenya"
-- You can "go in Kentucky" or go up Miami Beach without leaving the
-- In moments of disbelief, yuh does say either 'Waaaaait?!' or 'fuh chu?!'
-- Making 'sport' hardly ever has anything do wid sports
-- If ya say ya 'did de dawg', it has nothing to do wid a canine
-- You say "whappenin" even at a funeral
-- You understand the phrase 'don't off-set me!'
-- 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
-- De word 'Oba' is synonymous wid track and field
-- You distinguish between public and private owned transport by 'bus' and 'van'.
-- Ya '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're talking about, even though there are three of them!
-- The beach refers to the South or West Coast and Bathsheba is anywhere on the East Coast
-- Yuh know dat a 'hard wine' ain got nuttin tuh do wid liquor
-- Hell is both de worse and the best place ever - you could look good as hell, dem fishcakes could be oily as hell, that garbage could smell stink as hell...
-- You could be hot wid perspiration, vex with botheration and sick wid palpitations
-- You know the license plates of all public transport, and you're on a first name basis with all de drivers
-- Yuh does live 5 minutes from de beach and does get a sea bath 5 times a year, if you're lucky!
-- Yuh don't have to be an athlete to know 'bout de 'runnings'
-- Yuh know dat liming ain't got nuttin' to do with de orchard
-- You tell the host "good night" when you first arrive at someone's home in the evening
-- When someone sympathizes with you, you comment 'Yuh tink it easy?'
-- You suck all the marrow from the chicken bone and chew the ice when you finish your drink
-- Yuh might tink dat being a half idiot is worse than being a idiot
-- Being described as real ignorant is a compliment
-- You spell college with a 'k' and a 'j'!
-- When somebody got talk fuh you, dem does never be talking to YOU
-- "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 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 bring home food from a party
-- At Christmas, you have to have "black cake"
By: Brett Callaghan
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brings back so many thoughts of time when many of these saying was used.
Date: Jan 1, 2015
Tek ya time an walk fass!
Date: Nov 15, 2014
Utterly, screamingly hilarious!
Date: Nov 14, 2014
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
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
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
HILARIOUS .this is so funny .Don't forget the duppy and the steel donkey.
Date: Nov 25, 2013
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
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
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
... you live in uh upstairs,downstairs wall house
or include one in your directions.
Date: Dec 18, 2012
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
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
bajans real malicious doh, and dem is a bajan, love dat one
Date: Jan 20, 2012
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
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
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
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
I'm British born my parents are bajan, this made me laugh til I cried.
Missing bajan direction
Date: Jun 15, 2010
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
I wuh eat some stew dumplings right now den. I home sick foh tru doh.
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
I love Bim and the Bajan ways. My favorite Bajan saying is "OK Denn"!
Date: Jun 10, 2009
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
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
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
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 5, 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
I need to go back lol, this had me skinnin' so hard.
Date: Dec 18, 2008
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
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
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
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
Boy I in Bim n de ting serious I laugh til I near bus my gut
Date: May 30, 2008
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
Boy sucking all de chicken bones and marrow. Dat is so true. I still do it.
Date: Apr 5, 2008
This was too sweet, bye fa now was missing. okay thenn should be added to the list.
Date: Apr 2, 2008
This was sweet boy, uh laugh til muh belly hurt
Date: Feb 28, 2008
I like reading this. It keep me in touch with my culture.
very funny stuff.
Date: Feb 2, 2008
It is all true ah laugh ma guts full
Date: Nov 18, 2007
I read this when ever I want a big laugh or I am home sick.Baltimore,MD
Date: Oct 22, 2007
Funny and true mek me homesick bout to look up some tickets it's been to long. Worcester MA, USA
Date: Oct 19, 2007
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
Those fact were so funny and so true. Cheese on bread i almost die laughing.
Date: Sep 27, 2007
Date: Sep 9, 2007
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
This is so funny. It brings back memories. I've been out of the island too long!!!
Date: Jul 12, 2007
I laugh so hard, it was real funny fuh tru. I read it with my son.
Date: Jun 21, 2007
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
This is really funny... Had my side hurtin'
Date: May 31, 2007
that was hilarious! I laughed my head off and the really funny thing is...its really true!!
Date: May 31, 2007
I laughed so hard I cried. This is too funny. Boston USA
Date: May 16, 2007
I am surprise no one has commented...Boy! Did I laugh my head off at work...
Date: Apr 12, 2007
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