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East Ender
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I guess you are talking to me, Alana. And to Chris,also... The first incident was 20 years ago. I was taken aback because I did not understand that customer service did not include a smile and "Thank you for shopping at K-Mart!" I stand by my statement. And Alana, your "Oh, get a grip. You are in de islands dem now....Ya'll need a serious reality check." really underlines my opinion about how folks are treated here in"de islands dem".

arman: This is what people mean when they say life is just different here. Develop a thick skin. 🙂

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Posted : July 2, 2014 11:54 am
speee1dy
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i have heard from others that teeth sucking is a way of saying f you. so no, it is not too cool

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Posted : July 2, 2014 12:29 pm
Alana33
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Sorry guys, didn't mean to be so offhand. My apologies.

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Posted : July 2, 2014 12:30 pm
margaritagirl
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I heard when they suck there teeth it means they are disgusted.
I have had some people suck there teeth directly at me. It used to bother me but now I ignore it. My husband will suck his teeth back at them, I'm too scared. LOL! It doesn't happen much anymore, I guess they figure they can't get rid of me, been here almost 10 years.
I realize now most of them suck there teeth out of habit. I see it all the time. If they have to wait in a long line they suck there teeth, that's just one example.
We have a few Crucian friends who suck there teeth all the time just in conversation.

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Posted : July 2, 2014 12:50 pm
AhoyStCroix
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Biggest surprise thread: https://www.vimovingcenter.com/talk/read.php?4,194347

What I miss most of stateside conveniences: affordable farm-fresh produce, and fast free WiFi available practically everywhere.

Reacting to this "Biggest surprise thread" -- is drunk driving a problem?

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Posted : July 2, 2014 2:56 pm
East Ender
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From "What A Pistarckle!- A Dictionary of Virgin Isalnds English Creole" by Lito Valls.(It is out of print, so if you can find one, hang on!):

"CHUPSE: A Sound made by sucking air in, making a noise indicative of annoyance, disdain, impatience, displeasure,disrespect, disbelief, derision, defiance; you name it! The sound, which can be as penetrating as a snake's hiss, carries much further than ordinary speech. When accompanied by an upward jerk of the chin it is really contemptuous. It is probably an atavism or retention from slavery days for even today it is mostly used by children to their elders or servants to their employers. The action is called 'sucking (one's) teeth.' May be derived from Spanish, 'chupar'= to suck. See: Cut eye."

In my experience, children who use it to their parents are very sorry children, indeed!

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Posted : July 2, 2014 7:17 pm
lc98
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Reacting to this "Biggest surprise thread" -- is drunk driving a problem?

Yes, very much so.

(Of course, ask a heavy drinker that question and they'll say "It's not a problem at all -- I always make it home!" )

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Posted : July 3, 2014 12:25 am
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