An encyclopedia of colloquialisms from Turks and Caicos on the back burner

North Caicos-born sisters Debby-Lee Smith-Mills and Sherwood “Blossom” Smith recently published their first book.

This book of local idioms, titled “Things Mummy Used to Say – An Encyclopedia of Turks and Caicos Islands’ Colloquialisms”, is a tribute to their late mother Rosamond Smith who was a 36-year teacher at Bottle Creek Elementary School. , today Adelaide. Oemler Primary School.

This vivid collection of informative and humorous local quotes and vocabulary, some of which date back to slavery, is still in frequent use today. All idioms are written in the TCI dialect and are based on childhood and adult experiences reflecting life and problems in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The authors went to great lengths to illustrate the pages with bold imagery that is sure to captivate readers from the start. The meanings and contextualization of sayings further simplify the content.

“I hope this book inspires its readers to take a nostalgic and fun journey through dusty roads, under shady trees, along sandy beaches and into the calm and sacred walls of our childhood homes,” said said the authors.

“It’s a must-read for every living room, hotel lobby and guest room coffee table in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It’s also a must read for every young person in TCI and those living abroad. in order to inform, involve and include them in the transfer of this vital information to future generations. ”
The authors are grateful to God for his vision and provision. This book was indeed co-written by Him.

“Despite the many roadblocks along the way, we were surrounded by supportive friends and family who were the driving force behind this project. Giving up was not an option,” the authors added. “A big thank you to all the contributors, prayer warriors, graphic designers, reviewers and reviewers. This one is for our greatest animator – our mom!”

Things Mom Used To Say – An Encyclopedia of Turks and Caicos Island Colloquies can be found at the following outlets:
• New Age Book Center (Mr. and Mrs. Clare store)
• The Museum (Grand Turk and Providenciales)
• All Grace Bay pharmacies
• CORE Petroleum (North Caicos)
• Also available on

For more information please contact: 649-231-4559 OR 649-946-5563 OR 649 339-5563

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