What about your saucepans
Ten years in the life of a British woman
living in the Dominican Republic

What does 'Watchyman' mean?

Find out what Watchyman means. Watchyman is explained by Lindsay de Feliz - author of What about your saucepans


The word used in the Dominican Republic for a security guard. All banks and petrol stations have them as well as many other businesses, apartment blocks, hotels and several houses especially those of the better off. Many watchymen will also only work at night. Their standard equipment is a shot gun. It is a dangerous job as watchymen are often killed, either to rob the premises or to rob their shot gun. In addition, if the premises are robbed and the watchyman is not killed, only tied up, he will usually be suspected of being part of the robbery and arrested and jailed. A very ineffective watchyman makes and appearance in Chapter 5.

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Chapter 3: Family life
"...Watchymanut six months we moved out of the apartment, as it was not big enough for all of us. Not far away was a two-storey house with its own garden and an aged, gay Italian called Oscar living upstairs. He lived in Florida but used the house for holidays. Downstairs ..."
"...Watchyman “Ah, okay, bene,” he coughed and let us both in, ducking down as we stepped through the little gateway. The house was white, single storey with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a small house at the back for a Watchyman. There were beautiful black tiles on ..."
"...Watchymanren had been driving me crazy with the mess they made, and we decided they could live in the Watchyman's house. It was small but had a bedroom, living room and bathroom and they were delighted to have their very own house. I was delighted too, I had my own ..."

"...Watchymanrs began arriving to continue building the small two-bedroomed house we were constructing in the corner of the garden. We had bought the land adjacent to ours with the idea of building a new house for us, which would better meet our requirements than the house we were in, and ..."
"...Watchymaneturned from the hospital in San Pedro and was not allowed past the gates into the house and garden. Other friends and the children, who had been in baseball camp in San Pedro, arrived and were told to stay outside. They stayed there all night, together with Luis the Watchyman, ..."

Chapter 6: Back to normal
"...Watchymanved and moved in. He spoke no Spanish, or English or French, only Creole. He was tall, long limbed and strong, but so thin you could see all his bones. I took him round the garden trying to explain what needed doing in a mixture of Creole and French and ..."

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"There is a saying that goes: "Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone" and for Lindsay de Feliz..."

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