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.

Chah (ch’ah) Interjection – 1. A verbal release of inner tension. 2. This is ridiculous. 3. What-in-the-world? E.g. “Chah man! You cyah see I sleepin’ ah wah?”

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