Word of the Week

Pick up this fascinating book of phrases, created by Kevin Goring. - 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.

Squinch Up (skwintch upp) Adverb1. To squeeze together or contract. 2. To bring in. 3. To draw together. E.g. “Lisa, I know it nah much room in dis lil’ car, so you gah have ta squinch up by Burton, even doh ya say he smell frowsy.”

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