That is the sound of a thousand and one expressions without you speaking a single word.
Is the wordless sound of vexation. But depending on the context, with amusement on you lips, it can mean, “Ahh man, you joking, who you think you fooling?”
With one long “stchuuuuup” and you eyes looking thin and mean, you can cut a big man down to li’l boy size.
With a short “stchup” and a snicker, you can tell a rival gyal that she is nothing.
“Stchuuuup” is the “suck teeth” sound. Some does call it “stew teeth.”
Yesterday the whole day I suck my teeth.
We had a powercut, on and off, yesterday. But that ain’t why I suck my teeth.
Yesterday I sew and embroider to replace them five handmade things that the ex-cleaning lady disappear with. I suck me teeth with every jab o’ that needle into the cloth.
Meaning: “Hope she fall in mud and swallow a mouthful.”
Meaning: “I design, cut, bleed when the needle jook me…and all this time she just skulking in the sidelines, waiting to reap what I sew...sow…”
See? Suck teeth can convey anything. And some folks can take this form of expression to “art” level. Like me Auntie A. now living in the U.SA. When she vex and suck she teeth, the sound unreel and fly out and wrap around the whole area. In it, you hear things you granny shouldn’t hear. But remember! Auntie A. ain’t say a word, so if you granny hear, that is okay too.
For years I use to wonder where suck teeth come from. Then one night I watching local tv [when we had a tv].
I been watching a African movie ‘bout some village women, they had a li’l argument. One o’ them get really vex. She release a potent suck teeth. In it, I hear every cuss word that I know and don’t know. It did long and winding. Only Auntie A. coulda match that.
Aha, so that is where it come from, I think. I dunno, I just think so ‘cause I see it in that movie.
Anyway, in Guyana now, whether you ancestors born in Africa, China, India, Portugal or England or here, suck teeth is the cross-culture language without words. Li’l children do it; old people with only gums suck they teeth too; aunties, uncles, mothers, fathers and all the rest, do it.
To suck you teeth, you got to pout you lips in a li’l pout, clench you top and bottom teeth close, close. Push the tip o’ you tongue against you teeth. Suck in air. Stchuuuuu….when you want to finish close you lips…uuup.
When you become expert, you can even do a side-of-you-mouth suck teeth. This you do when you joking with you friends and one o’ them say something nutty.
What is that sound?
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