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Learn more about life in Eleuthera

posted by on January 09th, 2013

Bahamian Tings…

Life in Eleuthera, Bahamas.Here are some fun things you might not know about how things are down here in Eleuthera, Bahamas.

  • Eleuthera stretches approximately 110 miles long and in places spans no more than a mile to a mile and a half wide.
  • You drive on the left.
  • US dollars and Bahamian dollars are equal here.
  • Here we have the North side which is referred to as the Atlantic and the other side as the Caribbean but in truth its all the Atlantic ocean.
  • Gasoline runs around $6.10 a gallon or more.
  • Eleuthera is famous for its sweet pineapples and holds an annual Pineapple Festival in Gregory Town each June.

Local Lingo

  • If someone says so and so is biggety. It means they think too much of themselves.
  • Bologna is referred to as Sausage.
  • A slam bam is a sandwich made by taking 2 slices of bread, cover each side with mustard, slapping down the sausage and bam its done.
  • Sip, sip is gossip.
  • Tingum is basically a word filler and is used whenever you can’t think of the word you are searching for.
  • Cheapuss  does does mean you are frugal – it basically means “might as well”. Cheapuss you go do your homework. = You might as well go do your homework.
  • Rum is any hard liquor. If you want a specific kind you have to say the name like I’ll have a Barcardi and…
  • If someone says to you Mudda sick. It doesn’t mean their mother is ill. It’s more like Holy Cow or Wow!
  • Did you take the chicken out of the baker? Baker is the oven.
  • I’m off to the shop. Meaning – I’m going grocery shopping
  • I be right back! Meaning I’ll see you later. That could be an hour, later in the week or next week!

It’s a different world and culture here for sure and the only way to understand it is to be part of it.

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