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  • I think French is right to explain (which is not to condone) some of Naipaul's more provocative views as a form of mischief, which Trinidadians call picong, from the French piquant, a type of sharp talk where, in French's words, "the boundary between good and bad taste is deliberately blurred, and the listener sent reeling."

    The Lessons of the Master

  • Mr. Naipaul's "picong" remarks range from silly putdowns -- such as when he said of one of Queen Elizabeth's grandchildren that she had the face of a criminal -- to snippy but revelatory show-off remarks, like his comment that the fatwa against Salman Rushdie for "The Satanic Verses" was an extreme form of literary criticism.

    The Man Behind the Man of Letters

  • Keith's column did more than merely evoke those long gone times when my love for calypso and language was nurtured in perhaps the best environment in the world for those who love words like 'picong', 'wahbeen women', 'pappyshow' and 'mammaguy'.

    TrinidadExpress Today's News

  • But it is true, contrary to his reputation, that Naipaul is just as capable of directing his picong toward the English themselves.

    The Lessons of the Master

  • Mr. French traces this propensity to a particular aspect of Caribbean parlance: "It was what Trinidadians call 'picong,' from the French 'piquant,' meaning sharp or cutting, where the boundary between good and bad taste is deliberately blurred, and the listener sent reeling."

    The Man Behind the Man of Letters

  • Maharaj, however, never allowed himself to be drawn into the picong.

    TrinidadExpress Today's News

  • PNM members gave picong as UNC MPs stood up not in unison, but one by one, and sometimes very, very slowly, as was the case of Kelvin Ramnath.

    TrinidadExpress Today's News

  • So, what better way to break the ice between the two-in the land of picong no less-than for El Presidente to mutter to Obama, via an interpreter if necessary, that he hopes the new chief occupant of the White House is better at making decisions on the economy than he is in picking basketball teams?

    TrinidadExpress Today's News

  • He wore his royal robes with dignity and gave a huge lift to the wider acceptance of the calypso, as a legitimate cultural medium of social commentary, picong and musical delight.

    TrinidadExpress Today's News

  • Some of the singing was pure picong, lively rivalry between two or more singers in a quick up-tempo beat.

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  • Having read the examples, I'm still unsure of the exact meaning of this word!

    June 26, 2014