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Have you ever been called a dushi?

On this Caribbean island, you just might be.

Don't jump to any conclusions…it's not what you think. Actually, I have no idea what you're thinking. Last Summer I went to Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island near Aruba.

Fun Fact: it's part of the 'ABC islands' which is Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.

With a population of 150,000 it has both the breezy island and city vibes all in one place. It's known for painted buildings with vibrant colors and no, you cannot paint your home black. It's just not the vibe.

In Curacao, being called a dushi is a good thing.

The term 'dushi' is the most prominent word you'll see on the island. It quite literally is on the billboard for McDonald's…McDonalds! I'll tell you right now, it's not short for 'd*uchebag' or douche. Any guesses?

What exactly is the Dushi meaning?

According to a mural in town, 'Dushi' is a common word in Papiamentu. The word has a variety of meanings; calling someone 'dushi' means sweetheart, babe or even sexy. You also use it for tasty food and to describe the "good things in life.”

Dushi is a term of endearment.

Can you use it in a sentence?

You can use it in almost any way, but a common phrase is 'danki dushi' which means thanks babe (or sweetie). You can greet your friend by saying 'good morning dushi' and even say that 'dinner was dushi'. I think the locals just find any excuse to use this feel-good word.

They literally have a giant 'DUSHI' sculpture in Curaçao.

Like Philadelphia with a giant 'LOVE' sculpture, Curaçao does indeed have a giant 'DUSHI' sculpture. You know your Instagram needs some dushi content.

In Curacao you will find the word dushi in big bold letters.

Is it used the same way in other countries?

No, this is very much a Curaçao thing. If you go to Bonaire, they use the term too but mainly because a lot of residents are from Curaçao. After my trip I tried calling my friend a dushi in public and that…did not go well :)

Are there words that you've picked up from other countries that you might be hesitant to say in public here in America?

Be good,


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