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  • Definitions starting with B: bad
    Entry: adv. [Atlantic; an African calque: cf. Mandingo A ka nyi ko-jugu (lit. It is good badly) It is very good (Dalby 1972:177) or Shona zvakáipa ...

  • Definitions starting with B: bad-belly
    Entry: [Car.; a calque; cf. Yoruba inu mi kò dara (lit. belly my not good) My stomach is upset (Oyedeji p.c.)] n. phr. abdominal illness: 1918 B'o' ...

  • Definitions starting with B: bad-head
    Entry: [a calque; cf. HEAD (IS) NOT GOOD] adj. forgetful; stupid; mentally unstable: 1936 Dat bad-head woman on d' radio name Gracie Allen (Dupuch 23). (Black) ...

  • Definitions starting with B: bad-mouth
    Entry: /bad mawt/ v. [Gul. idem; calque from e.g. Vai da na ma, lit., a bad mouth, i.e. a curse (Turner 1948:7) or Mandingo da-jugu or ...

  • Definitions starting with B: belly
    Entry: [Pan-Creole; cf. Krio gεt bεlε', Peti-nègue gãyé labõt, Guine Port. Cr. teŋ bariigə, all lit. have belly, i.e. be pregnant (Hancock 1971:658); a calque on ...

  • Definitions starting with B: big-eye
    Entry: [Pan-Creole; cf. Haitian gwo je (lit. big eye) greedy HCEFD; US Black (Smiley 1919:358); calque e.g. Igbo aŋa uku (Turner 1949:233), Twi ani bre (Aboagye ...

  • Definitions starting with D: day clean, day clear
    Entry: [Pan-Creole; "cf. Fr. Cr. ju netyé jour nettoyé (D. Taylor). Daybreak" DJE; a calque on an African idiom, e.g. Wolof ber bu sεt dawn (lit. ...

  • Definitions starting with B: boy-child
    Entry: [Pan-Creole; cf. Pap. mucha homber (lit. child man) idem (Loftman 1953:29); cf. Port. Cr. fiǰu-máča (lit, child male) idem (Meintel 1975:211); probably a calque on ...

  • Definitions starting with B: bud (1)
    Entry: /bod/ [cf. Guy. bud-bud, birdie penis of a small boy (Rickford 1976:8); cf. Common Bantu *-bódò penis (Carter); note also possible calque on bird parallel ...

  • Definitions starting with H: hand
    Entry: /han/ n. 1. [Atlantic, Tok Pisin (Todd & Miihlhausler 1977:31); cf. Sao Tome Port. Cr. mo hand and arm, cf. Port. mão hand (Ivens Ferraz ...

  • Definitions starting with H: head
    Entry: quasi reflexive pron. [Pan-Creole; cf. Port. Cr. εl máta kabεsa (Meintel 1975:232) and Haitian "Li tuyé tèt-li" both (lit. 'He killed his head') He killed ...

  • Definitions starting with H: head (is) hard
    Entry: [Gul. idem (Gonzales 1924:9); also Guy.; an African calque; cf, Twi tiri muden, Igbo isike, both (lit, head hard) stubborn (Bick-ford 1976:167)] phr. to be ...

  • Definitions starting with H: hear
    Entry: v. 1. Atlantic; cf. US Black idem in "I hear you, man" (Grove); an African calque: cf. Twi wó tè brofô (lit, you hear English) ...

  • Definitions starting with D: door-mouth
    Entry: [Atlantic; an African calque: cf, Yoruba enu ìloro (lit, mouth porch) threshold (Oyedeji p.c.), Hausa baki mouth, entrance DIE; cf. also Mandinka bonda, Bambara da, ...

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