Travel Vocab

I've run across some interesting words, phrases, and slag terminology as I travel through (and meet people from) different regions of the world. Below is a growing collection of some of the more memorable encounters.

  • Candlefly: A firefly, lightning bug.
    First encountered in the Caribbean (St. Vincent).
  • Chiller / Chilla: A refrigerator.
    First encountered in the Caribbean (Tobago).
  • Dip Shower: The use of a bucket of water with a cup to wash yourself.
    First encountered in Thailand.
  • Dixie: A white person from the U.S. (negative connotation).
    First encountered in the Caribbean (Grenada).
  • Gap Year: A reference to the year many young British take (before entering college) to travel abroad.
    First encountered in Thailand.
  • Lime: An action—to hang out, chill, unwind, socialize. AKA: Liming.
    First encountered in the Caribbean (Tobago).
  • No-see-ums: Generic term used to describe tiny, ferocious biting insects, often living near water, with a seemingly insatiable thirst for blood. Lower extremities often fall victim to their attacks.
    First encountered in Thailand.
  • Rasta Man / Ras: A Rastafarian.
    First encountered in the Caribbean (Tobago).
  • Sleeping Policeman: A speed bump.
    First encountered in the Caribbean (Bequia).
  • Television English: When someone speaks well articulated English without an accent.
    First encountered in the Caribbean (Tobago).
  • Yachtie: A yacht owner; a rich white person. AKA: Cruiser.
    First encountered in the Caribbean (Trinidad).