881. Curaçao’s Words Move

“THAT SOUNDS DUMB MOM!” or “I should have taught them Papiamentu!”

Chacha, Chucu, Chichi

Fèchi, Dichi, Tichi

Afu, Vava, Roro

Lélé, Din i Jojo

Just a sample of the names around
My kids wonder “is her mind still sound?”
Boroto, koroto
Tata, tutu, toto
Lagadishi, lombrishi
Bombòshi, molimoli, jojoli
They all sound OK to me
My kids, they say “PSYCHIATRY”
Dugudugu, kònòshi
Bonèchi, bonochi
Biba tras di lomb’i Dios
Pia’i flechi, haragan golos
Hèshi Porèshi, zik’in’zak
Shon Rika Tutuchi tin un wowo swak
Anton Piriweri, tralachi
Pasa dia seka Bilachi
All indicate my youth in Curaçao
My kids suspect an IQ very low!
Heske Levisson Zelermyer
22 March 1992

Don’t mess with our language! Photo by Kelly van der Kwast.

Boroto = Noise

Koroto = Mess

Tata = Father

Tutu = Cornmeal and black beans

Lagadishi = Lizzard

Lombrishi = Bellybutton

Bombòshi = Commotion

Molimoli = Mushy

Jojoli = Sesame

Dugudugu = Sweetheart

Kònòshi = Precious

Bonochi = Goodnight

Biba tras di lomb’i Dios = Lives behind God’s back = Lives far away

Pia’i flechi = Legs like arrows = Skinny legs

Haragan golos = Greedy pig (glutton)

About 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao

I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in Manhattan but sometimes miss my first awesome island. Thanks for visiting!

One comment

  1. Etline Meyer

    This is soo sweet!

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