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.

Wah’henameis (wuh-hee-neem-iz) Pronoun – 1. An unclear reference to a male person who cannot be named. 2. That guy. 3. The man. 4. Him. E.g. “Uncle Albert, wah’henameis out deh lookin’ fah you again.”

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