One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounWest Indian
A painful feeling of unrequited love, typically for a former lover and causing unbalanced or violent behaviour.
- ‘What price is our venerable former Prime Minister prepared to have us pay to assuage the agony of his political tabanca?’
- ‘Where capricious behaviour consistent with tabanca is most evident is in his unsupported opinion of what African-Trinidadian children do at school.’
- ‘It has killed its credibility because of its ‘tabanca’ for office and its penchant for mischief.’
- ‘Most adults are aware of what a man with a serious tabanca can do.’
Probably from Kikongo tabaka ‘buy up or sell out completely’.
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