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nounTobago, Caribbean, Trinidad
Malicious gossip or rumours; critical or slanderous talk.
adjectiveTobago, Caribbean, Trinidad
Given to or characterized by malicious gossip; backbiting; slanderous.
verbTobago, Caribbean, Trinidad
with object To disparage, criticize, or abuse (a person, especially someone who is not present).
1940s. From French Creole mauvais langue from French mauvais bad + langue; evidently a French Creole calque from West African languages parallel to the Anglophone Creole calque bad-talk<br>1950s. From mauvais langue. Compare bad-talk.
mauvais langue/ˌməʊveɪ ˈlɒŋɡ/
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