English is the official and most widely spoken language in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. For everyday use, however, most Vincentians speak a local Creole dialect, called Vincentian English or "Vincy" English. Creole follows grammatical rules derived from both French and African languages, and its vocabulary includes French, Spanish, English, Carib and African words. Creole has become associated with cultural and national pride, especially among young people. Schools, which historically forbade the use of Creole, are now encouraging its use in theatrical, literary and public-speaking activities.

 Vincentians maintain a strong oral culture. Telling stories, discussing politics and exchanging gossip are important daily activities. Children are expected to participate in conversation and storytelling. 

Most people follow politics closely and engage in heated political discussions. Newspapers devote a great deal of space to opinion columns and letters to the editor, and the public appreciates writers who express controversial or witty points of view. Until recently, public-speaking contests called tea meetings were traditionally staged in the villages on holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Speakers vied to win the audience's support through forceful arguments and a powerful speaking style.

 Storytelling abilities and confident conversational styles are important aspects of education, and are believed to reflect an individual's strength and intelligence. When meeting a friend, Vincentians may offer a clever remark or witty challenge rather than a conventionally polite phrase. There are many popular Vincentian sayings, such as, "Monkey know which tree to climb" (don't anger that person or he'll get you), "Never hang your hat where your hand cannot reach" (don't overextend yourself), and "Shoulder can't go above head" (you can't overreach people in authority).

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The Vincentian sense of humour is evident in the names given to boats and taxis, such as "Say Wha' Yo Like," "Mad Dog II," "Stragglin' Man" and "Why Ask?"
  Standard English Vincy English
  Hello/how are you What's up man?/Whay happenin' man? 
  Party Jump-up/Fete
  See you later We gonna catch up
  In a while Jus' now
  Let's go Leh are we go