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#369: "borlette" #2 (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 (e.g, Cuba, D.R, Venezuela in the past mostly) though it has 
become a sort of "national game", competing with "lotri nasyonal".

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

50         15         10
[premye lo [dezym lo [twazym lo


Some idioms with "blt"

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

"dekabs" (winning 2 numbers at once) ["f dekabs". Loulou f 'dekabs' nan 
07]
"jwe yon tt lotri" (to play a number)
"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 forth...

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


= = = = ==

"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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