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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bonjou Mandaly! :) Kisa vle di mo sa yo: tòtòy, gagit, kounan, poudayè, bèk, pot fal, madigra Mèsi

Bonjou zanmi, mwen pa tande w kèk tan :)
W'ap fè preparasyon?

tòtòy can be a general "non politically correct" term for someone who walks with a limp,  whose legs are "crooked", who's bow-legged

gagit or more specifically klou gagit are small nails used especially to keep the sole of shoes together.

kounan - bow-legged.  Pye kounan bow-shapped legs; Pye l kounan He's bow-legged.

poudayè (or dayè) → however, after all

bèk beak; People also say "dyòl"; they are equivalent to "trap" as in Shut your trap!Fèmen bèk ou! or Fèmen dyòl ou!

Pot fal (pote fal) → the word fal means chest or stomach.  Sometimes people say Fal mwen plenmy belly is full.  or L'ap mache ak fal li deyò → She walking bare chested.
Pote fal is an expression which means that someone walks into a potentially dangerous environment without thinking thoroughly. Often there are consequences because of that.
example:
1.
Si w'al pote fal ou nan lapli  ak zeklè a deyò a, sa w pran se pa'w.
If you negligently walk into the rain and lightning outside, whatever happens to you, you deserve it.

2. 
L'al pote fal li nan batay la deyò a e li tou pran yon zòk.
He brought himself into the fight outside and he received an injury.
  
Madigra (from French Mardi-gras) clown, someone dressed in costume, someone badly dressed

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