Originally used to define indentured labourers from Asia (e.g Chinese railway workers in the U.S. & Canada, or East Indian sugarcane workers in Guyana). Now used in the Caribbean (primarily Guyana & Trinidad) to refer to anyone of East Indian origin.
Ehh bannuh...was which lil coolie gyal I deh see you husslin last week by de Seawall?!?! Sheh nice & thick!!
You know you're Guyanese...
When you go to International Pancake House and ask fuh Dhal & Roti.
When the only word to describe somebody that can't dance is "Pagaley".
When you spit in a tin can full of carbon, and shake it good before Lighting it up. And set fire to some kerosene soaked steel wool on clothes hanger for your home made fireworks.
When you know what black sage is.
When you invite your girl friend for a date at the cinema, and she bring the whole family.
When you ask the shopkeeper to sell you 2 cigarettes instead of the whole pack.
When you go to school with green mangoes and salt and pepper in your pocket.
When you cover up the mirror when lighting flashing.
When yuh best fren is yuh girlfriend bruther.
when you know it's time to get up because you hear the first fowl cock in the morning...
When you turn up at a wedding, uninvited, eat up dem food, and drink up dem rum.
WHEN.... children want to be read a "nancy story" before they go to sleep.
When you spout terms like last lick, anti man, mota bike, sweetie,
When you go to the cake shop and buy salara.
When you refer to all chewing gum as "Chico".
When ya pick up ya date and put she pon the wood bar on ya three speed bicycle and ya all gon to Brown Bettie for ice cream.
When you remember Good Friday as being quiet and the only thing you are allowed to wear is black, white or purple and eat only
You used to know at least one banna named Reds, or Coolie boy, or Dougla or Fat Boy, or Buck Boy, or Chinee.
When you know what "gimme lil ting" mean ; )
When you know when not to touch the radio, because ya mother want to hear death announcements.
When you know the difference between a "ginip" and a "jamoon".
When you know a "cashew" to be a fruit and not a nut.
When you spend Easter Monday flying your kite at the seawall .
Yuh used to run after school fuh buy flutie cone crush, and snow cone with condensed milk .
Yuh went to school wid at least one girl that had a big batty.
When you ask for a buckta instead of underwear.
When..your Air Jordan is a yattinboots...
When ya see a drunk man ride he bicycle all the way home from the rumshop and fall as soon as he reach home.
When you ask for directions and you're told to "go daside and tun lef, den go pass de coconut tree and jump ovah de trench and yuh reach
Only true Guyanese people can relate to this list....that excludes ayuh pretend, "cantuh" Guyanese dat come from foreign (New York, Toronto, etc.)