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    West/Central African and Native Words eena Belizean Kriol

    Proof that Belizean Kriol is a mixed language and not simply "broken english":

    West & Central African words in Belizean Kriol:
    • Anansi = "Spider", from the Ewe language
    • Bakra = From the word "mbak?ra" in Efik languages. It mean's "white man"
    • Duppy/Dopi = n. Ghost. Akan origins
    • Jook = v. To penetrate. Fula/Fulani origins
    • Nyam, Niam, or Yam = v. To eat. Wolof/Fula/Fulani origins
    • Obeah/Obia = n. Folk magic, sorcery, and religious practices. Specifically Igbo origin
    • Okra = From "ọkwurụ" in Igbo, a vegetable.
    • Pikni (usually anglicized as "Pickney") = A child. Unclear, but definitely of West African origins
    • Se or Seh = Meaning "That". From Igbo
    • Unu = n. "You all", "You guys". Of Igbo origin, meaning the same thing

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    • Bambam: A food made with cassava, etym. possibly from Ngwa-Igbo gbam-gbam meaning ?a plate for eating?
    • Bammy or bami: A cassava bread, etym. G?-Adangme bami
    • Cho!: Exclamation of disgust, annoyance, etym. Ewe tsoo ?exclamation of surprise? (A)
    • Da: is, am, are, ?Ih da di teacha.? ?He/she is the teacher.? etym. similar forms are found in Ewe, Igbo, Twi, and Yoruba (A)
    • Da: at, on, in, to, etym. Ewe de (A)
    • Da: it is (focus), ?Da hihn weh shub ahn.? ?It was he who pushed him/her.? etym. several Africa languages use a similar form for similar functions, for example Igbo de and Twi da (A)
    • Deh / Di: am, is, are (located) , ?Ih deh pahn di boat? ?He/she is on the boat?; etym. probably developed from similar words in several African languages (A)
    • Dehn or Dem: them, they, their, etym. English them, however its use as a multi-functional pronoun probably is related to similar usage in several W. African languages (A)
    • Dehn or Dem: (post-noun plural marker), ?Di bwai dehn? ?The boys?, etym. English them, however its use in forming the plural is probably related to similar usage in several W. African languages (A)
    • Fi / Fu: To, for. ?Ah gaan fi sell janny kake.? ?I went to sell johnny cakes.? etym. possibly a convergence of English for and African forms like Twi and Yoruba fa and Mandinka fo having similar uses.
    • Gombeh: A goat-skin drum played with the hands, etym. any of several Bantu languages of Africa, for example Kikongo ngoma meaning ?drum? (A)
    • Jankunu: A costumed dance, different versions are found in Jamaica and Bahamas, in Belize the costume and dance originate from a comical ridicule of slave masters, etym. possibly Ewe dzon meaning ?sorcerer? + kunu meaning ?something deadly? (H), or Yoruba jo meaning ?dance? + n-n-kon having a general meaning of ?things, spells, feats? (A)
    • Kot Aiy or "Cut Eye":a gesture of contempt, deliberately clossing the eyes while turning the head away from somebody, etym. English cut + eye, however, putting the meaning of those two words together for the same gesture is common through West and Central Africa (A)
    • Kunku: Small size or amount, etym. Yoruba konko (DMY:380)
    • Tata Duhendeh: A mythical short man who lives in the bush, his feet are backwards and he has no thumbs, etym. probably Latin American Spanish tata meaning ?father?< Nahuatl tlatla + duende meaning ghost (A), however there may have been convergence with a common Bantu term taata meaning ?father? (H2)
    • Waawa: Cowardly, childishly foolish, etym. Hausa wawa meaning ?foolish? (H)
    • Wangla: Sesame seed, a candy made with sesame seeds, etym. Kikongo waangila meaning ?sesame seed?[/SIZE]
    • Yaiy Waata or "Yeye Watah": Tears, etym. English eye + water, however the process of putting those two words together to mean ?tears? comes from Africa, such as Igbo anya mmili, eye + water meaning ?tears? (A)

    Miskito words in Belizean Kriol:
    • Bilam: A small river fish (tetra)
    • Bribri: A species of pod-bearing tree (Inga edulis)
    • Doary: A small dugout canoe
    • Duki: A chart with a picture of a skeleton which is numbered used for interpreting dreams by lottery ticket buyers
    • Gibnat: a small rodent (Cuniculus paca) -> Taste really good...Yum :p
    • Hooyu: A night bird, variously identified as Pauraque, spot-tailed nightjar, goatsucker, night hawk, Santa Maria bird, whip-poorwill, or dwarf owl
    • Kiskis: Wooden tongs for handling hot coals in a cooking fire, etym. Rama kiskis (H)
    • Konkas: Housefly, etym. Miskito kingkas, kukas (H)
    • Kraabu: A fruit tree, the yellow berries of the tree (Brysonima crassifolia), etym. Miskito krabo (H)
    • Kuhune: A species of palm tree, the nut of the kuhune (Orbignya cohune), etym. Miskito ohom, uhum, ohung (H)
    • Kwam: A turkey-like fowl, the guan (Penelope sp.), etym. Miskito kwamu (H)
    • Maklala /Makala: A small lizard species (Sp lagartillo copetudo), etym. Miskito mahklala (H)
    • Papta: A species of palmetto or fan palm (acoelorrhaphe wrightii), etym. Rama papta (H)
    • Pataki: A large rectangular basket constructed with double walls, wide leaves are layered between the walls to make the basket water-proof and able to float, etym. Miskito pataki meaning ?basket? (A)
    • Pitpan: A long flatbottom dugout canoe, a flatbottom boat, etym. Miskito pitpan (H)
    • Pyampyam: A bird species, the Central American magpie or brown jay (Psilorhynus mexicana or morio), etym. Miskito piampiam (H)
    • Raati: A large species of sea crab (Callinectes sp.), etym. Miskito rahti (H)
    • Soopa or Supa: A tall palm tree species, the starchy orange-colored fruit (Culielma utilis or Acromia mexicana), etym. Miskito supa (H)
    • Taapong: Tarpon, a large marine fish (Tarpon atlanticus), etym. Miskito tahpam (H)
    • Tuba: A species of river fish (Chichilasoma spp), etym. Miskito tuba (H)
    • Waari: The white-lipped peccary, a wild pig (Tayassu tajacu), etym. Miskito wari (H)
    • Waata daag: The river otter (Lutra felina), etym. while the words are English the formation may be influenced by Miskito li yula meaning literally ?water? + ?dog? (H)
    • Waha: A species of broad-leaf plant (Calathea insignis), leaves are used for wrapping and serving food items, etym. Miskito waha (H)
    • Weewi Ants:a species of leaf-cutting ant (Atta cephalotea), etym. Miskito wiwi (H)
    • Wowla: A species of snake, boa constrictor; a long snake-shaped basket used for processing cassava for breadmaking. etym. Miskito waula ?boa?. (H)

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    Now I had fun reading that ......very good kkk
    Love is a many splendid thing and food run a close second.

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    Thanks, I have alot more threads about Belize coming. I'll try to lively up this forum as much as possible

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    KKK, Hm... But Rosie, why you di call the man KKK fah?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellowman View Post
    KKK, Hm... But Rosie, why you di call the man KKK fah?
    Noh true? I neva really get di joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellowman View Post
    KKK, Hm... But Rosie, why you di call the man KKK fah?
    Oh rass mein, hahahahhah ah just see it dey ahahhahahaha that was a typo Mellow but ah wah left it for a laugh..we know di man dah nuh kkk hahahhahahahah
    Love is a many splendid thing and food run a close second.

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    Hope he is not thin skinned! lol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellowman View Post
    Hope he is not thin skinned! lol...
    No sah...

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    MR di si triple K.

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