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#357: More on "borlette" (Vedrine) fwd (fwd)




From: Emmanuel W. Vedrine <evedrine@hotmail.com>

There's a possibility that the root of "blt" ("borlette" in Haitian 
Frenchh) is Spanish, due the drawing of this game based on Spanish speaking 
countries (Cuba, D.R, Venezuela in the past mostly) though it has become a 
sort of "national game", competing with "lotri nasyonal".

The old were numbers were post in front of most "bank blt" (place where 
one would play the game:

50 - 15 - 10

Some idioms with "blt"

"boul blt" (numbers)
"gen nan blt" (to win in this game)
"jwe blt" (to the the lottery, the daily, weekly game in Haiti)
"jwe yon tEt blt" (to play a number)
"ouv bank blt" (to open/run a lottery place)
"pdi nan blt" (to lose $, betting on some numbers)

"dekabs" (winning 2 numbers at once)
"premye lo" (first win)
"dezym lo" (second win)
"twazym lo" (third win)
"tyala" (the numbers directory)
"rv" (dream), each 'rv' would match with a number in the "tyala". For 
instance if you dream "lougarou", you bet on "37"; Papa Dk, president, 22; 
bird, 24. so on and so forht...

Gade yon blt! (Danm! Danm it!) [idiom] equivalent to: "Gade yon betiz!, 
tenten!"

"Lekl blt" (lekl blf, lekl ki pa aprann elv anyen): "B.S" school, fake 
one. "Direkt Sv apn ouv yon lekl blt an fas Korid Marengwen". Elv 
ka peye pa mwa ou pafwa. Sa k peye al toujou pase" [The Headmaster, Sv 
just open a "B.S school" near Korid Marengwen. Students can pay monthly or 
sometimes. Those who pay on time always pass.]

E.W.Vedrine


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"Borlette comes from the spanish word "boleto" for ticket. The game is said 
to have been introduced into Haiti by a cuban called Machado."
(Patrice)


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