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.

Dimmy John (dih-meh jon) Noun – 1. A large iron pot used for cooking outdoors as well as inside. 2. A pot used for brewing soups, cooking beef and turtle and boiling crabs. E.g. “Ya cyah go wrong wid ah good Dimmy John on da stove.”

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