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Liming and Whinin’ in Trinidad & Tobago

Wherever you visit in the Caribbean, slang phrases are essential for avoiding confusion during downtime with locals, as US TV chef Anthony Bourdain found out during his visit to Trinidad & Tobago

In a new episode of Parts Unknown, Bourdain discovered the words “lime” and “wine” — two very different, but common, local phrases.

“Lime” is a synonym for a gathering or a hang out, and is built into the Trinibagonian vocabulary — instead of “No Loitering” signs, they actually have signs that say “No liming”.

The word “wine” or “whinin” is a sexually suggestive dance using rhythmic hip gyrations, something that occurs in spades during the island’s Carnival celebrations.

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Matt Kendall

During his 2+ years as Chief Editor at Nearshore Americas, Matt Kendall operated at the heart of both the Nearshore BPO and IT services industries, reporting on the most impactful stories and trends in the sector.

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