Mauritian creole is on the way of becoming a full fledge language. For us Mauritians, it’s our mother tongue but until recently it lacked a proper dictionary – now we have quite a few but they seem to disagree among themselves on how to write the same word.
Anyway enough with introductions, let’s now tackle the core of this post. How many languages do you know that use numbers to represent words? Personally I know none and according to me this makes Mauritian Creole quite unique. So let’s have a look at some of these:
- Number :: Meaning
- 4 :: dead
- 6 :: gay
- 11 :: two feet
- 14 :: head (e.g. so 14 ine 28 – he’s gone mad)*
- 17 :: a flirt – first stage of becoming a girlfriend
- 29 :: have to go to the loo
- 32 :: chinese people
- 34 :: cheater
- 35 :: girlfriend
- 40 :: bottom
More words will be added with the help of contributers (Lindsay and Avinash for now) and as I remember some more.
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So 14 ine 28 – according to Avinash’s mum, the origin is that doctors see their patients every 14 days at the hospital but only every 28 days in an asylum. 🙂