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  • i
    See HE. ...
  • Ibo
    See EBO. ...
  • icening
    [Trin. idem (Winer p.c.); from icing + -ing] n. icing; frosting, such as on a cake. (Black) ...
  • icening sugar
    [cf. ICENING; cf. Brit. icing sugar idem, from its use in making icing] n. confectioner's sugar. (Inagua, Nassau). ...
  • icicle
    [cf. W3 Popsicle] n. sweetend, fruit-flavored drink frozen in a smal plastic bag or on a stick cf. BAGGY, CUP (Black) ...
  • idle bob
    [cf. BOB seed of the castor oil plant] n. the castor oil plant, Ricinus sp.: 1977 (Albury 83). (Andros) ...
  • if
    conj. 1. [Car.; from the use of if in the indirect quotation of questions] introduces questions: Moma say if you go? [i.e. she is asking ...
  • if God spare my life; if God give life
    [cf. Atlantic if life save, if life spare idem] phr. God willing (said in reference to future plans): 1917 She rose ... promising me she'd ...
  • Igbo
    See EBO. ...
  • ignorance
    [from the use of the word to mean 'lack of intelligence'] n. mental retardation, applied especially to manifestations such as drooling, making animal-like noises, etc. ...
  • ingranant
    cf. Trin. igronant annoyed (Ottley 16); cf. IGNORANCE] adj. mentally retarded: Being igranant is the first stage of being crazy (Eleu.). (Black) ...
  • ijittimy
    See JITNEY 3. ...
  • Ilathera
    [cf. ELEUTHERIA ] n., Obs. an eighteenth-century name for Eleuthera, a major island of the Bahamas: 1731 The islands of Andros and Ilathera (Catesby 30). 854. ...
  • ill-convenient
    [OED, now vulgar; also Scots CSD, US dial. ADD] adj. inconvenient: My mother said it was an ill-convenient time to come for me (COB). (Gen.) ...
  • I'm, I am
    [probably by analogy of he's he is, he has; cf. US dial. South "I'm a good mind to (do something)" (Brown 1976)] first person pro-noun ...
  • in
    prep. [note that the early form na (cf. IN-A) was a general locative prep. corresponding to 'in, on, onto, at' etc. (Hancock p.c.)] 1. [Trin. ...
  • in-a
    /ína/ [cf. Atlantic ina, na in (Hancock 1969: 65) and Haitian nã and Papiamentu na idem; cf. Port. na in the (feminine), supporting the theory ...
  • Inagua
    /ináhgwa/ [this name is found on the 1523 Turin map (Curry 1928:26), suggesting a Lucayan origin (ibid 20); however, according to Albury (1975:197) "The Lucayans ...
  • in-and-out
    [from weaving] n. a style of plaiting STRAW1 (Wyannie Malone Museum display), (Andros, Long) ...
  • Indian arrowroot
    /ìnjan árwut/ [DIE idem, MCC Indian arrow idem; cf. AROOT] n, the arrowroot plant, Maranta arundinacea, which produces an edible starch: 1835 Maranta. . .called ...
  • Indian corn
    [cf. Brit, corn grain; maize was origin-ally called Indian wheat (obs. → 1746 DAE) and Indian corn (1621→ . DAE) to distinguish it from other ...
  • Indian spinach
    [from its place of origin] n. a plant, Basella alba: 1889 Indian spinach. . .introduced from the East Indies (Gardner 402). = WHITE SPINACH (Mayag) ...
  • inherit
    (by semantic broadening] v. to receive (a large sum of money or a reward): 1966 You will inherit ten billion pounds and that beautiful girl ...
  • Injun
    [W Car.; also US dial. ADD] n. Indian; native American: 1936 Wun Injun who got money an' stuff pile up in he yard (Dupuch 18). ...
  • ink-berry
    [W3, DJE different sp.; from the ink-like juice of the fruit] n. a plant, Scaevola plumieri, or ...
  • ink bush
    [W3 different sp.] n. a shrub, Forestiera segregata: 1920 (Britton 327). cf. SWAMP BUSH ...
  • in quest
    [perhaps from in check, influenced by conquest or inquest] phr. to admit defeat in playing cards or marbles, one says I in quest (considered a ...
  • insertion
    n. a style of plaiting narrow strips of STRAW1 (Bannister display). (Black) ...
  • inside
    prep. in (a book, newspaper, etc.): I read it inside one book (Nassau). (Gen). -- adj. or adv. [cf OUTSIDE illegitimate] (of offspring, siblings, etc.) ...
  • instead
    [OED, only adv. or with of] conj. instead of (doing, etc.): The girls just have illegitimate children, making the city more populated, instead they try ...
  • intelligent
    [W. Car.; from intelligence, construed as plural] n. intelligence. (Black) ...
  • interbreed
    [OED, to cross-breed (animals)] v. 1. (of ethnic groups) to intermarry. cf. BREED (Eleu.) 2. to inbreed. (Exuma) ...
  • into
    [Car. "probably overcorrection of iina" DJE; cf. another result of hypercorrection in US dial. South "in.. .commonly used in locutions where into would be preferable" ...
  • Irish potato
    [Atlantic; "This usage was chiefly colonial during the 17-18th cents, now gen American" DJE] n. the common white potato, in contrast to POTATO sweet potato: ...
  • iron
    [by analogy with ironing clothes] v. to straighten hair with a hot comb. cf. CONK, PRESS (Nassau) ...
  • iron critter
    [cf. CREETER, CRITTER creature] n. automobile (used by older people). (Exuma, San Sal.) ...
  • ironing stove
    n. an iron pot containing coals for heating an old-style smoothing iron for clothes. (Gen.) ...
  • iron-rubber
    n., Obs. a cloth for cleaning soot off an old-style smoothing iron. (Andros, White) ...
  • iron taw
    /áyan tah/ [cf. TAW marble] n. a steel ball salvaged from an aerosol spray can and used in playing marbles. (Black) ...
  • is (1)
    /iz, z/ copula [Car.; cf. Brit. dial. North I is, thou is, they is (Orion M2, 4), and Scots I'se I am CSD] I. equative ...
  • is (2)
    /is/ introducer 1. [Atlantic; although lexically derived from a contraction of it is, the source of the syntactic function is Proto-Creole *da or *na; cf. ...
  • is (3)
    /iz, z/ preverbal marker. [Car.; probably a reduced form of DOES identified with the English auxiliary is; cf. Gul. "Why you is walk sideways like ...
  • island
    n. 1. [by abbreviation of OUT ISLAND] any Bahamian island except New Providence (con-sidered too sophisticated to be an island). = OUT ISLAND, FAMILY ISLAND, ...
  • island bean
    n. a pod-bearing plant, Dolichos insularis: 1920 (Britton 195). (Black) ...
  • island boy (girl, man, people); islander
    [cf. ISLAND] 1. n. a Bahamian from any island except New Providence (connotes a rustic): 1935 Havin' mo' fun dan a I-lun man in a ...
  • island grits
    [from the hand-grinding of corn typical on the outer islands] n. a yellowish, coarse, and very flavorful kind of hominy grits or corn. = NATIVE ...
  • islandish
    [cf. ISLAND 1] adj. unsophisticated; naive ; boorish: 1940 Dey get too islandish (Dupuch 68). (Black) 1336. island ...
  • it
    [cf. HE, HIM, he, she, it, her, they] pron. 1 . her: 1966 He take out the King daughter, and going with it (Crowley 117). ...
  • itch
    intj. [probably a softening of bitch!] an ex-clamation of surprise or pain or an incitement to fight. = ETCH (Black) —adj. [from the general tendency ...
  • it is
    [Car.; also US Black and dial, in Brit., US South (Hancock p.c.)] phr. there is (are, was, were): 1895 'T was a man; 'e had ...
  • I meet Mama-dem
     (doing this) phr. People have been doing this ever since I can remember: I meet Mama-dem saying it was do Society Hall [i.e. I've always ...