Cut Eye Doh Kill | Yuh is ah Trini

Part of the Yuh Is Ah Trini Series: Trini-Glish/Trini-idioms Spoken and Explained #41

This one will take a moment to get to the meat of the matter, so let's get biblical as we scratch the surface to reveal the true intention of 'cut eye doh kill!" “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23).

Well, when it comes to throwing a bad eye, Trini is in the running for the side road to the Gates to Heaven. When St. Peter sees a Trini coming, the diversion takes you along the road that runs parallel to the road entering heaven, but a pass is never obtained because a Trini cut eye always has bad intentions. Indeed, there is great darkness when Trini fashions a cut eye. So, what exactly is "Trini cut eye" and what exactly is the meaning of "Cut eye doh kill"?

Yuh-see, when Trini cuts a bad eye, they internalize their feelings in a very negative way: "fuss deh vex!" When that happens, there is no electricity to light the way, no oxygen to enable the candle to glow, and definitely, yuh, outa pitch-oil for that flambeau." However, have no fear because if 'yuh is ah Trini' then you would be able to translate "that cut eye" and understand that you need to proceed with caution with that person because, as we learned earlier, "all skin-teet' eh laugh". 

Simply put, "ah cut eye" means to look at someone with anger in your soul (and you know that the eyes mirror your internal feelings), especially when looking from the corner of your eyes, which is a classic "cut eye" in Trini style. You squint your eves with the evil look as your forehead push your eyelids down leaving a sliver of space to view the bane of your existence!  

"Cut eye doh kill simply means that all the angry stares or ill feelings that are directed towards you are simply meaningless and of no consequence to you. In other words, it does not matter how the others express their displeasure (especially with 'the look'); nothing will come of it; nothing will happen to you. That "cut eye," the look of anger, or the look to scare are like words in the wind—meaningless and, definitely, harmless. 

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