Dear Reader, if you remember any recent "Flu Names", please email me your contributions at firstname.lastname@example.org
"yuh is ah Trini", you are familiar with the strange practice of calling
the latest Flu after some event that is taking place, either in
Trinidad and Tobago or the rest of the world. Usually, this is an event
which has a negative impact on society or part of society, maybe something
gruesome or awe inspiring.One of the latest flus was called " D' Ringbang".
Please email me names of flus you remember: email@example.com I will add your contributions to this page.
Here are the names of some Flus from the past:
Jaws - called after the movie
Ten Percent - a 10% pay cut of civil servants during the NAR regime
Vat - or Selby Wilson ? - When Value added tax was introduced
COLA- When the coast of living allowance was suspended
Saddam - during the Gulf war
Abu Bakr - after the 1990 coup attempt
Hijab - after a conflict which arose when a new student entered a catholic school wearing the hijab
Dole ( Chadee ) - after the "druglord" who was hanged in 1999 together with his 8 companions
Hangman - after the 1999 hangings
Donald Trump- After he was here in 1999 during the Miss Universe show- this cost the country 70 million dollars
y2k - needs no explanation
Ringbang - Eddie Grant's bust Ole Year's fete ( 1999/2000) which was televised around the world from Tobago , costing 40 million TT dollars
Impasse - ( between President Robinson and Prime Minister Panday 2000
)- contributed by Helen
Wang Yu- Called after the Kung Fu movies which were the craze in Trinidad at that time- contributed by C.C. Perez
The Dhanraj- After "The Sheriff", Dhanraj Singh - January 2001
The 18/18- The last election ( 2001) with an 18/18 deadlock of the PNM and the UNC
Contributed by Linda Valentine:
The Bin Laden- speaks for itself- after the Sept 11th 2002 attacks in the USA
contributed by Daniel Castagne:
in early 2004, the flu going around was widely known as "Saddam" after Saddam Hussain who had been recently captured. it was common to hea rconversasions such as:
"boy I cyar go nowey today, I real sick"
"wha u sick wit?"
"boy I catch de Saddam"
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