Word of the Week

Kevin Goring's books of local words and expressions are a must-addition to any library. - Photo: Stephen Clarke

Not only do Caymanians have a distinct dialect, with accents varying from district to district, but they also have many unique words, pronunciations and phrases.

A handy guide to shed light on these colloquialisms is ‘The Cayman Islands Dictionary’ and ‘Caymanian Expressions’ by Kevin Goring.

Ram (rahm) Adverb1. Jam-packed. 2. Full to capacity and beyond. 3. Filled to the greatest extent. 4. Overloaded. 5. Overflowing. 6. Stuffed to the gills. 7. Crammed; crowded; saturated; ready to burst at the seams. E.g. “Alan couldn’t get into Rumheads cuz dah whole place wah ram.”

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