Slang Dictionary


Social Group Full display ...

Social Group: A group of people from the island of Kauai in Hawaii who speak Pidgin English (broken English)
Description: When Hawaii was first being settled in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the settlers created plantations. They brought people from many different countries to work on their plantation fields. Since all of the plantation workers spoke different languages and didn't speak English very well, they all spoke a type of broken English that involves some words from other languages, now known as Pidgin English. By doing this, all the plantation workers were able to communicate with each other. There are many people in Hawaii that still speak Pidgin to this day.
Student Name: Yaple06

Entries for this Social Group...

1 Chance 'em (verb) Source: unknown. Meaning: To take a risk, to give it a chance. Context: It's something you tell someone when you want them to try something they've never done before. Collected: 01/23/2006 by Student:Yaple06.

2 Chicken skin (noun) Source: unknown. Meaning: goosebumps, chills. Context: It's used when you talk about having goosebumps, which usually happens when you're afraid or when you hear a very good singing voice. Collected: 01/24/2006 by Student:Yaple06.

3 Choke (adjective) Source: unknown. Meaning: many, a lot. Context: It's used to say that you have a lot of something. Collected: 01/24/2006 by Student:Yaple06.

4 Da kine (usually a noun, but can also be used as an adjective or verb) Source: unknown. Meaning: it applies to almost anything and everything, whether it's a person, place, thing, characteristic, emotion, etc. Context: It's used whenever you suddenly forget the name of a certain object, or whenever you just don't know which word(s) to use in a certain situation. Collected: 01/19/2006 by Student:Yaple06.

5 Grind (verb) Source: unknown. Meaning: To eat. Context: It's used to talk about eating, no matter who you're referring to. Collected: 01/24/2006 by Student:Yaple06.

6 Haole (Noun, adjective) Source: This word has been used to mean "white person" since the 1800s, when the white men were settling into the Hawaiian islands. Haole probably started to mean "white person" instead of "foreigner" because the white people were amoung the first foreigners to come to the islands after the Tahitians initially populated the islands. It could also be because white people look more different from Hawaiians than any other racial group does. Meaning: It literally means "foreigner," but is now used to refer to a Caucasian person. Context: It's used to point out a certain white person or to talk about a group of white people. When someone classifies another person as "white," they usually just classify that person as a "haole.". Collected: 01/20/2006 by Student:Yaple06.

7 Lickens (noun) Source: unknown. Meaning: disciplinary beatings. Context: Some parents usually give their children lickens when they've done something bad and when they want to teach their children a lesson. Collected: 01/23/2006 by Student:Yaple06.

8 Like beef?/Like scrap? (verb or interjection) Source: A group of people from the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Meaning: This means, "Do you want to fight?". Context: This is something that someone asks someone else when they're trying to pick a fight with that person. Collected: 01/19/2006 by Student:Yaple06.

9 Make trouble (verb) Source: unknown. Meaning: To start or cause a problem. Context: It's used to describe someone that's starting or causing a problem. Collected: 01/23/2006 by Student:Yaple06.

10 Sock 'em up (verb) Source: unknown. Meaning: To drink alcohol and have a good time. Context: It's something you say when you want to go drink with your friends. Collected: 01/19/2006 by Student:Yaple06.

11 Stink eye (noun) Source: unknown. Meaning: Glare. Context: It's used when you're glaring at someone or to describe someone who's glaring at someone else. Collected: 01/23/2006 by Student:Yaple06.

12 Talk stink (verb) Source: Maybe it's because the word "stink" and the idea of saying bad things about someone else are both equally negative. Meaning: To say bad things about someone else. Context: It's used to describe someone that is saying bad things about someone else. Collected: 01/23/2006 by Student:Yaple06.

13 Talk story (verb) Source: Many people in Hawaii like to sit around, share stories, and relax. Meaning: To have a conversation. Context: People can talk story amongst anyone, but it's most common around friends, family, and other people that they feel close to. Collected: 01/24/2006 by Student:Yaple06.