Woye, Ah Wotless! You Know You’re Caribbean When…

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As a child you were called “pickney”

Pickney means child. It is said the word originated during slavery from the Portuguese word : “pequenino” and has a negative connotation because it  was often used with the n-word. But in the Caribbean,  parents use it to describe their children when in conversation. Also, the Nigerian dialect Pidgin has its own variation of the word. I believe pickney, along with other patois words, derived  from Caribbeans’ West African heritage.

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