Liming -Tobago Slang for Hanging Out

“Liming” is a Tobago slang for another more universal slang, “hanging out”.

There are also many different variations of the term “liming’. For example if someone says, “I have a Lime”, it means he has an event or some place to go to.

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Even Queen Latifah got in on the explanation in the video below.

The term “Liming” was said to have been originated for the British and derived from the term “Limy”. “Limy” was coined as a nickname for British sailors in times of old.

As the story is told, the nickname was originated in the golden ages of long, long, ago, when it was said that the British sailors ruled the waves.

Sailors who were on the high seas for very long periods suffered from a disease called Scurvy - a deficiency of Vitamin C.

The British sailors eventually observed that the disease was prevented or warded off by sucking on limes, which incidentally, are rich in Vitamin C.

From that time forward the British sailors were always sucking on limes.

Thenceforth, the British sailors were called “Limies” and after that all British men -sailors or not - were thereafter dubbed “Limies”.

Fast Forward to Tobago and other British owned colonies. When the British were just hanging out, it was said that they were “liming”.

Henceforth, the term “Liming” was used by the locals to represent hanging out with friends, or on the beach or anyplace else.

The video below is a nice lime at Sunday School in Tobago

A “Lime” was the same as a “Hangout”. The pace in Tobago is so slow and relaxed and when people are just “hanging out”, it is said that they are “liming”.

So when you are in Tobago, you probably will be liming with your friends at the beach or under the romantic sunsets or at some other special event.

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