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Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 5:00 am

Pidgin word: cockaroach 

Pronunciation: ka-ka-roach 

Meaning: to steal or grab something without permission (used as a verb)

History: the hypothesis is that since cockroaches often sneak up on food, the verb “cockaroach” implies stealing.

 

Example of usage: 

Student 1: Eh, this guy goin’ cockaroach your bike! 

Student 2:  What? My bike old. Why da thief like cockaroach’em?