1) generic for of
addressing somebody: "Hey, ACE BOY, pass de black"
2) a close friend, when used in the possessive: "Zeppy's my ACE BOY"
1) become agitated: "He got drunk and started ACTIN UP". "She got angry and ACTED UP". "The weather ACTED UP and they got wet".
2) Malfunction: "I'm gonna be late 'cause my bike's ACTIN UP".
ACTA Someone who corns others.
AFFERT Strenuous exertion: "Dis book vas a real AFFERT to write".
AG SHOW The annual Bermuda Agricultural Exhibition held in the Botanical Gardens in April.
AX-PACT Just what you'd expect.
ARRYBODY All persons: "I'm gonna have a big party and inwite ARRYBODY."
ARRYWUN See ARRYBODY.
THE ARTS Martial Arts: “My boy studies THE ARTS, don’t mess wif him!”
AUNNGH (Gutteral sound) affirmative: "More rum?" "AUNNGH!"
Stupid, frustrating, dopey people.
Interrogate; Question: "Don't AX me, I don't know".
2) Motorbike or moped: "Don't AX me about my AX, it's got a flat."
AX-PACT Just what you'd expect.
BACKATAWN The section of Hamilton, north of Victoria street.
BACKIN UP Gay. See QWER.
BAILINS/BAYTHINS Swimming costume: "You lot got ya BAILINS?"
BALCO Bermuda Electric Light Company.
BANKS Challenger Banks or Argus Banks - shoals 30 miles to the south-west of Bermuda.
BAY Bailey's Bay.
BAYGON Perfume for cockroaches.
B.B.C. Barely Broadcasting Company.
BEACH Horseshoe Bay.
BEER An omnivorous mammal of the family Ursidae: "Polar BEERS and Grizzly BEERS are dangerous."
BERMUDA ROT A rash-like circular flaking on the skin caused by too much sun. NOT the usual peeling experienced by the novice sun worshippers.
BERMUDA TIME Late, as usual.
BERMEWJUN From Bermy.
BERMY Bermewder, De Rock, Home.
BESS The superlative of Val: "Bermy is de BESS place in de vurld."
BIN Past tense of to be: "Where you BIN?"
Form of addressing friends used mainly by older Bermudians.
2) Facial hair.
THE BIRD CAGE Where the policeman stands to direct traffic on Front street.
BIRFDAY The day you was born.
Half a Dark 'n Stormy.
2) A panacea.
3) Great for temporary relief of occasional minor irregularities.
4) To put in fish chowder.
BLACK Black Seal Rum.
BLINDS Sun Glasses.
DE BLOCK The backatawn section of Court Street. "You vant some some herb, go ron DE BLOCK."
A very large marble (often a steel ball-bearing)
2) Bong-ee like: "Shis got some girt big BONG-EE eyes!"
BOSS Generic form of addressing someone other than your employer.
device the police use to prove that the average motorist has more than twice the
legal limit of alcohol in his blood.
BURP An alcoholic drink: “Have one more BURO before you go!”
BURR An alcoholic beverage made from barley and hops: "Heineken and Amstel are good BURRS."
Third world: bush mechanic or bush-doctor.
2) Of poor quality: "Bye, wear dyu get dat BUSH wideo?!"
A male child.
2) Plural BYES: "WE BYES wrote this book and US BYES and THEM BYES and we sold it to YOU BYES."
BYE-NO-BYE Surely you jest (shocked and amazed).
CATCHERSELF Slow down and consider the consequences of your actions: "You bess CATCHERSELF or I'll mass you up!"
CHOPSIN Chattering idly.
CHUR A piece of furniture upon which to sit at a table.
COALWUN A beer.
COCKROACH A rum drink. As in, "I'll have me a COCKROACH and ginger."
COLLA Rad and yallow are COLLAS.
COLLEGE, DE The Bermuda College Department of Academic Studies.
COLLEGE WEEKS The time of year when the first longtails arrive.
CONTRA-SEPTICS Birth control devices.
COOL-COOL I'm fine, everything's okay.
CORK To be hit on the head: "I got CORKED by a golfball yesterday."
CRACK-UP Laugh hard.
CRAWL Crawl Hill.
CRICKET A game played around Crown & Anchor tables.
CRISP See COOL.
CRUCIAL Very nice; excellent: "That karate movie was CRUCIAL."
CUPMATCH A national holiday on the Thursday and Friday nearest August 1st during which Somerset plays St.George's and the rest of us play Crown and Anchor or go camping.
CURVE, DE Curving Avenue. "I live ron DE CURVE."
CUT LOOSE Sever all ties; no longer associate with: "If you act up, I'll CUT YOU LOOSE."
Looking malevolently at.
DAHN Not up: "DAHN de road."
DAHN-DE-COUNTRY Eastwards, towards St. George's.
DARK 'N STORMY Bermuda's national drink - Black rum and gingerburr.
DE The definite article: "DE birds and DE bees."
A common surname - "Sir Bayard DEAL"
2) A type of pickle - "I love DEAL pickles."
DEAL-WIF Handle vigourously, without mercy: "Don't mess wif me else I'll DEAL-WIF you!"
"What's DE DEAL?" - What's going on?
2) "You know DE DEAL" - You know how things work.
2) TOOK A DACK.
DEDDY Biological father - not necessarily the guy who lives with your mother.
DEN Then: "You alright, DEN?"
DICKTY ‘Pert’ (Fancy)
DIDDLY-BOP A teenager riding his blade.
DIPPIN Swerving in and out of traffic on a bike.
HERE/ DAT DARE or DIS HUR/ DAT DUR
This & that.
DOCKS Docksiders; (boat shoes.)
DOLLAS Something with a high price: "That stereo costs some DOLLAS!"
DUCKING STOOL The costal park area north of Black Watch Pass - where the ducking stool was before they moved it to St.Georges.
EEZ Sex: "I'm gonna go ron my skirt's gates tonight and get some EEZ."
EEZ-ME-UP Give me a break, do me a favour: "I know I was speeding, your honour, but EEZ-ME-UP."
ELACKSHUN A time when people that you haven't seen for four years or so come to your house and ask if everything's okay.
EMPIRE Officials at cricket/ softball games: "The EMPIRE'S blind!"
ENH-ENNHH See BYE-NO-BYE.
1) Things on the sides of your head for hearing.
2) Airs - "putting on ERS."
EX-PATS Foreigners, mainly English, here on a working vacation.
FAT Same as the 'F' word, but can be said in the presence of your mother, aka FACK and FATTEN.
FEEL CHEAP Embarrassed.
THE FLAGPOLE The flagpole on Front Street at the bottom of Burnaby Hill.
FLOP DE LIZARD Urinate (males).
FOR DAZE A very long time: "My momma ain't been seen FOR DAZE!"
FORTY The Forty Thieves Club, last known as Scandals Nightclub.
FOX See FAT.
FRAWG Toad (Ohglius flatae)
A cedar goblet with a loose ring around the stem, carved from a single piece of wood. Also, MARRIAGE GOBLET: same, but with two rings.
FULLISH Crazy; Out of your mind: "You're leaving this party to go home to your wife? You must be FULLISH!"
Fair "Vitney vahtsit FUR."
2) Fear: "I could see FUR in his eyes!"
GARRL Feminine of BYE.
GATES House: "Come round my GATES for a drink."
GAWN MISSIN Disappeared through no fault: "My golf clubs have GAWN MISSIN."
GEE (Pronounced with a hard "G"); Someone of Portuguese descent. See PORTAGEE.
ON MY LAST DROP OF NERVE
Close to running out of patience. Being pushed too far.
GET NEXT TO Become intimate with: "I’d like to GET NEXT TO dat longtail?"
GINGER BURR The other half of a Dark 'n Stormy.
GIRT Of immense size; huge: "He caught one GIRT marlin!"
GIRT BIG Larger than GIRT: "Chingas, what a GIRT BIG marlin!"
GO HEAD You must be kidding; I don't believe you!: "Politicians really care about you." "Bye, GO HEAD!"
GOMBEYS Street performers dressed in colourful costumes, capped with peacock feathers - who dance on public holidays to a distinctive beat.
GO EUROPE Vomit: "What happened to Ralph?" "He's GONE EUROPE, hah! hah!"
GOT-IT-COVERED Under control: "Need help?" "Nah, GOT-IT-COVERED"
I understand, no problem: "Do you know what to do?" "GOTCHYEW-COVERED!"
GOT SOME CRUST Cheeky, too big for your britches.
Food in general/ "Goin shoppin for some GREEZE"
2) A meal, especially large and fulfilling and always good: "Man, I'm hungry! Let's go for a GREEZE!"
3) To eat: "Don't bother me while I'm GREEZIN"
GRIBBLE Irritable, Disagreeable: "Bye, you're always GRIBBLE first thing in de mornin."
(Rhymes with God)
1) Tough: "Mike Tyson is HAAD"
2) See CRUCIAL.
To lose out, reach the end of the line, run out of luck, get in trouble, worn out, tired, finished, the end.
HAMMA A greeting usually used by someone older than the person being addressed.
HEEL A natural rise or elevation: "Gotta go up de HEEL"
Turn: "Go to de top f de heel and HOOK lef"
2) Travel very fast" "He came HOCKIN ron de corner nn struck de wall."
4) The anchor in Crown & Anchor: "Put $5 on de HOOK."
HOOK ME UP Do me a favour: "I need a dollar. HOOK ME UP."
HOOKER Modified muffler and downpipe for a moped.
HORSPITTLE King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH)
HOT Drunk: "I'm HALF HOT nawh, but a couple of more burrs and I'll be FULL HOT!"
HOWSIN What the PLP thinks the UBP doesn't care about.
YOU HANLIN ME
Stop giving me a hard time, stop treating me like a stepchild.
2) What bald people don't have.
HURT MY HEAD Cause brain strain, great mental anguish: "Most garrls HURT MY HEAD."
I'M I have: "I'M gotta wideo."
I'M BIN I have for a long time/ a long time ago: "I'M BIN had a wideo." "I'M BIN seen that movie."
IMMYGRAHNT What St. David's Islanders call people who move to St. David's to live.
INNA / INNIT Is/was that not so: "That was good, INNA?"
I'M TELLIN YOU Added to a statement for extra emphasis. "You shoulda bin up Oasis last night, I'M TELLIN YOU."
WANT TO HAVE HIS BABY
"I think I like him."
JAMMIN See RINGIN.
JUST COOL Quite well, thank you: "Wopnin?" "JUST COOL."
Solely to cause trouble or be difficult: "We bye wrote this book JUST-FOR-THE-PURPOSE."
KARKEY Dust coloured, dull yellow, tan: "KARKEY shorts are part of summer uniform."
KILLICK An anchor, home-made, with a big rock and a rope.
KNOTS What Almond Joy's have but Mounds don't.
LACKS-TRISITY What you pay BALCO for.
LARGE A V.I.P. - "I'm LARGE ron Court Street."
2) Act quickly: "They can really LICK up those pre-fab houses, inna?"
LID Crash helmet. Also SKIDLID.
LONGTAIL Young, unattached female tourists.
LYE-BERRY A place with lots of books in it
BY TEN PARSONS
A woman with huge breasts.
MAKE A RUN Go somewhere to get something which you need immediately: "We've run out of rum n cigarettes!!! Who'll MAKE A RUN?"
MAKE IT Get out of here.
MAKE THE NIP Successfully negotiate a difficult maneuver, usually while driving: "I couldn't MAKE THE NIP an I struck de wall."
MAKE OFF Become agitated and verbally abusive, more than just ACTIN UP: "Gandhi acted up but he didn't MAKE OFF."
MASS Untidy: "Bye, dis place is a MASS."
MATE See BIRD.
MAY 24TH Now officially called Bermuda Day - was formerly the Queen's Birthday. Traditionally the first day Bermudians go swimming.
MICEIN See MYSIN.
MINDRAL Carbonated soft drink, soda pop: "I like grape MINDRAL."
MINJAL See MINDRAL.
MINES That which belongs to me.
MOHAWK St. David's Islanders or someone acting like one.
MORNING PAPER The Royal Gazette; the only daily paper.
Refers to the person being discussed, always in glowing terms: "I went to
see Gene and MY BOY lent me $100."
2) See ACE BOY.
MYOMMA My mother.
MYSIN Not paying attention - daydreaming: "That cat's MYSIN. He doesn't see the dog coming."
NO-BYE-NO See BYE-NO-BYE.
OASIS The nightclub overlooking Hamilton harbour from Front Street. Good for picking up tail.
OHGLY Unattractive in the extreme, more than just ugly: "That longtail is OHGLY!"
OH-DE-PAIN What a terrible shame, it hurts to hear it: "Trojans lost to Vasco? OH-DE-PAIN!"
ONE-TIME In one motion: "Dat beef-pie was good. I ate it ONE-TIME!"
ON A MISSION Going somewhere to do something: "Can't stop now, I'm ON A MISSION."
ONION A Bermudian, born and bred: at the turn of the century we were exporting onions and Easter lilies. We'd rather be called onions.
ONLIEST The most only: "I went to a party last night and I was the ONLIEST one I knew."
OUTSIDE CHILDREN Illegitimate offspring.
PACIFIC Definite, certain: "We'd like to be more PACIFIC but it's a hard vurd to define."
PAHND Unit of English currency.
PAINK Paint: "Many Bermudians PAINK their houses pink."
PAPER BERMUDIAN Not a born Bermudian. An ex-pat who has ben granted status.
PARISH BULL A man who has several outside children.
Sneaking: "I cam PEEZIN into the house at 4 a.m."
2) Throwing hard, very fast, usually at something/someone" "Rioters like PEEZIN rocks at police."
3) DUCK 'N PEEZE: Beat a hasty retreat.
PIE Beef pie: "You want some mayonnaise to your PIE?"
PINT Spanish Point.
PITCH A HOT Get drunk.
1) Atlantic Ocean: "I'm going 'cross DE PAWN to do my Christmas
2) Pembroke Marsh.
1) Uncouth slob.
2) Someone who lives near de pawn (not necessarily both).
PLENTY MUCH (Portuguese-Bermudian) Sufficient.
POP See BURR.
PORTAGEE BEER Any beer in quart size bottles.
POSSE Your friends.
PULL Chat up or corn a girl to leave with you.
1) Two-of-a-kind: "She's got a nice PURR!"
2) Type of fruit: "Awocado PURR."
PUT THE HURT TO Make someone TAKE LICKS or FEEL CHEAP: "New Zealand PUT THE HURT TO Dennis Conner in the 1995 America's Cup."
PUT THE MUNCH ON Kiss aggressively. (Unacceptable in daylight).
PUT THE PRICE UP Go whoring in New York.
QWER Gay (we don't mean happy).
Road. Sandy's Parish.
Extremely drunk or high: "I was so RAD I couldn't talk."
Bad, awful: "Bye, dis food is RANK." "Don't tell RANK
jokes in front of females."
Naughty, bawdy, prankish: "Bye, you're RAWNG, Bye."
An event held after a VADDIN with lots of booze and food.
1) Traveling very fast.
2)Stinging, hurting: "my
deddy dealt me a RINGIN slap that hurt for daze."
Originally the lunchwagon in the parking lot on Front Street, opposite
King Street, now any lunchwagon.
A skin disease common amongst tourists brave enough to rent mopeds.
2) The rock 200 yards out at
Horseshoe Bay from which you dive if you're haad.
A psychological problem resulting from being on the island for too long a
stretch (i.e. more than 10 months). Depression and lethargy become over-powering
often resulting in mad drinking binges, sudden screaming for no apparent reason,
staying out all night then going straight to work without a shower, etc... this
malady can only be contracted by those who have been off the island and can only
be cured by getting off again.
Round, around: "RON de corner."
Annual Bermuda Powerboat Association Race around the island.
RUDE DRINK A stiff alcoholic beverage.
Harrington Sound: sometimes called
the Great Sound.
A hot oppressive summer day such as that on which Sally Bassett was put
Warwick Secondary School.
1) Sandy's Secondary School.
2) Sandy's Parish.
Rectangular piece of cloth worn on the head: usually over curlers.
A sedentary sea thing that looks a bit like an old piece of tyre and
squirts water when you squeeze it.
The day before Sunday.
An old Bermudian method of weather prediction. Usually more accurate than
A splash of spice to enhance your black-rum and fish chowder.
Third person singular (all genders): "Harry won a lot at Crown and
Anchors Sed-dee. SHE's a skiller, I'm tellin you!"
Bream (type of fish).
Well done: "You got a longtail last night? SHOT!"
SHREW DE TREES
All the way: Specifically:-
2) 2) Get laid
3) 3) Get full hot
4) 4) Die "He went SHREW DE TREES last night."
Somerset to Westenders.
That model of Mobylette with the gas tank under the seat, no matter what
colour it is: "Check that red SILVER GREY!"
See DE COLLEGE.
ON THE SKANK
Looking for a one night stand: "Arrybody goes SKANKIN during College
Someone trying to be a HONEY.
Someone who is SHARP, STIFF, CRUCIAL or HAAD: "My boy's a SKILLA!"
Face cloth, wash cloth, etc.
1) See Daughter.
2) Derogatory term.
Laugh or smile: "Reading this book will make you SKWALK."
An equilateral rectangle.
To have been asleep: "That movie was so boring I SLAPPED right shrew
A sexual encounter with someone other than your regular partner.
Past tense of see: "I SORE you on de street and you didn't even
Neutered: "You get your dog SPADED and his license will costes
A young unattached local female.
To greet/acknowledge in public not necessarily vocally (waving, horn
tooting, etc.): "I saw you in tawn an you didn't even SPEAK!"
Pretty, available women, or, more commonly, pretty women that you wish
(Portuguese-Bermudian) hello: "Hey Joe, STATUE?"
Slut or slutish: "Bye, she's a real STINKY!"
The collection of Crown and Anchor tables under a tent at a cricket game.
A sea creature that looks like a headless armadillo sucking on a rock.
Pleases and impresses: "Good fish chowder SWEETS ME."
SWIZZLE A deadly rum punch.
Fall down, unintentionally: "De road wuz vet and I TOOK A DACK."
Become irritable and uncooperative, GRIBBLE: "She TAKES AN ATTITUDE
Be thoroughly trounced or beaten: "Iraq TOOK LICKS in de Golf
Bermujun Ma Bell.
9 + 1
The city of Hamilton.
I just proved myself right; You've got some crust doubting me.
1) Lazy: "Most Bermudians are TIRED."
2) Slow: "That bike is
3) Of inferior quality
4) See SLACK.
Too bad, tough luck.
Refers to location; In, on or at - rather than motion: "Bye, put
some more rum TO that drink!" "Where are my keys TO?"
Only refers to the lights at the Paget junction of Middle Road and South
Shore Road - for many years, they were the only set of traffic lights on the
20 M.P.H. 30 m.p.h (or more).
UNDER HEAVY MANNERS
Subservient to one's lover/spouse/parent to the point of the subject
of ridicule: HE:"Isn't this a great party?" SHE:"Let's go home
now." HE:"Yes, dear" He is UNDER HEAVY MANNERS.
Has no particular meaning. It's just inserted into conversation to give
the speaker time to think of something to say.
UP DE COUNTRY Westwards, towards Somerset: "Cup Match is UP DE COUNTRY this year."
Very satisfactory: "This wahoo tastes VAL."
1) A piece of jewellery for the wrist. 2) To look at: "Vatch watchu
doin before I whale on you!"
The same as us.
Girls - not to be confused with the abbreviation of vegetables, as in:
"If you want to be big and strong, yous gots to to eat lots of
Method of transportation: "I can't come out tonight; I got booked
and they took my VEELS."
What it gets before it gets better.
Very angry: "I got caught speedin. Bye, fack I'm VEXT!"
Angry reference to a female: "Look VOOMAN, watcha do to my
Throw hard. See PEEZIN.
Vot you're reading.
VURLD Bermuda is another VURLD.
A large green lizard that hangs
around on the walls of your house (outside, hopefully).
1) To quickly beat the crap out of: "He struck me, so I WARMED
2) To quickly have the crap
beaten out of: "Mike Tyson WARMED just about all his opponents."
Where are you?
To peek illicitly: "Stop WEBBIN at my cards!" "Mirrored
shades are crisp for WEBBIN at de longtails."
Are you kidding!: "Did I whale her? WHAAT!"
1) See WARM
2) To fornicate vigorously:
"Bye, Phil just WHALED that longtail!"
Thingamajig, whatchamacallit, dooflicky, etc.
What is his/her name?
What is the location of your domicile?
Video cassette recorder or video cassette tape: "Ve vatch WIDEOS on
Completely without value.
WORD Strange, unusual: "Boy George is WORD."
THE X The Ex-Artillerymen's Club
group to whom you are speaking: "Wopnin YOU LOT?"
Refers to the person being discussed, usually in unglowing terms: "I
went to see Gene and YOUR BOY wouldn't lend me any dollahs." Also used when
the speaker is less familiar with the subject than the speakee (compare with MY
1) Snatch or pull quickly: "To get your kite up yous gots to give
lots of little YUCKS on de string. When de vind dies dahn, yous got to give it
some big YUCKS."
2) To turn hard: "This bus
was comin at me an I only just YUCKED out of de way in time."
1) Not MINES
2) Many months.
ZAPPNIN See WOPNIN.