Want to lime, fete, and talk like a Trini?
So what is “liming”, exactly? All it really means is passing time and enjoying yourself, with company, in whatever way you like. Trinis take this so seriously that they have made this into an art, and a science — so much so that the word even appears in the New Oxford American Dictionary!
Hard lime, or soft lime…
Whether you’re limin’ hard (like partying), or limin’ soft (probably chillin’ in a bar or lounge), you’ll find that each community has its favourite bars and haunts. There are, however, certain epicentres that inspire pub crawls and club-hopping for those with the resources: Woodbrook (especially Ariapita Avenue, or “De Avenue”); Western Main Road (St James); St Clair; MovieTowne (Port of Spain, Chaguanas, and San Fernando); Trincity Mall; and Grand Bazaar.
Look out for…
- Woodbrook & “De Avenue”: 51° Lounge; Aria Lounge; Club Royal Caribbean; Coco Lounge; De Nu Pub; Drink! Lounge & Bistro; Hereford’s Bar; More Vino; NuvoSera; Smokey and Bunty’s; Studio Lounge; and Zanzibar Restaurant
- Around Port of Spain: HAZE; Kaiso Blues Café; Katalyst Night Club; KAVA; Luce Lounge (at the Hilton); Paprika Restaurant & Bar; the Queen’s Park Oval; Sails Restaurant & Pub (Chaguaramas); Trotters; the Tzar Nightclub; and Vas Lounge
- Heading east: Sandbaggers (Trincity); and Trevor’s Edge (St Augustine)
- Around San Fernando: Hi RPM; Privé Nightclub, Lounge & Bistro; and Space La Nouba.
Special events that are too big for these spaces often happen in school and community grounds (like the Queen’s Park Savannah, Skinner Park in San Fernando, or the Eddie Hart Grounds in Tacarigua); sporting arenas (like the Hasely Crawford Stadium and other football stadia, or the Queen’s Park Oval); and seaside venues like the O2 Arena and Pier 1 in Chaguaramas.
Liming parlance, par excellence
CNN, MSN Travel and others have ranked the “undulating” Trini accent as among the world’s sexiest. “Sex on a pogo stick”, in fact. If you feel like carrying some of that sex appeal back home, try mastering some of these Trini words:
- Bacchanal: multi-purpose word covering any conflict, chaos and confusion
- Bazodee: state of (mostly love-induced) disorientation
- Ent: “Not so?” Used especially for emphasis … ent?
- Maco: noun and verb — to be nosy, or the person who is!
- Steups: a sucking of the teeth — the equivalent of rolling one’s eyes
- Tabanca: acute withdrawal, especially after a break-up (or a vacation!).
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