Gyal…Yu tu Bwaizi!

bwai  n. 1) boy. 
        Ah ga faiv pikni, too bwai ahn chree gyal. I have five children, 
        two boys and three girls. 
        Di bwai an ih pa laik jrink byaa tugeda. The boy and his dad 
        like to drink beer together.
        Di lee bwai rait op pahn di waal wid chaak. The boy scrawled all over 
        the wall with chalk

    2) boy; term of address used for boys as well as men. 
        Wat, yu jres op doh, bwai! Boy, you are all dressed up!

  — int. boy; exclamation of surprise or disbelief. 
        Bwai! Ah mi tink yoo mi ga moa sens dan dat. Boy! I thought
         you had more sense than that.

    bwaifren  n. boyfriend. 
        Di gyal nainteen, bot ih noh ga no bwaifren. The girl is 
        nineteen, but she doesn’t have a boyfriend.

        Tifani bwaifren gi ahn sohn priti flowaz fi ih bertday. Tiffany’s 
        boyfriend gave her some pretty flowers for her birthday.

    bwaizi  adj. boy crazy. 
        Gyal, yu tu bwaizi. Girl, you’re too boy crazy.

Silvaana Udz, Ed.D da wan a di peepl weh di risaach bowt wi priti priti Kriol langwij. If yu waahn shyaa
bowt di Kriol langwij, eemayl: [email protected]      Vizit:

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