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As noted above, the "r" in "over" is not pronounced in any variety, but the one in "dere" or "there" is. Jamaicans choose from the varieties available to them according to the situation. A Creole-dominant speaker will choose a higher variety for formal occasions like official business or a wedding speech, and a lower one for relating to friends; a Standard English-dominant speaker is likely to employ a lower variety when shopping at the market than at their workplace.

Code-switching can also be metacommunicative as when a Standard-dominant speaker switches to a more heavily basilect-influenced variety in an attempt at humor or to express solidarity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Jamaican Patois. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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PhD dissertation, University of Freiburg. Dialects and accents of Modern English by continent. Varieties by geographic location.

Abercraf Cardiff Gower Port Talbot. Bermuda Falkland Islands Guyana. Click on a coloured area to see an article about English in that country or region. List of countries by English-speaking population List of countries where English is an official language. Countries and territories where English is the national language or the native language of the majority.

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Countries and territories where English is an official language, but not the majority first language. Gibraltar Akrotiri and Dhekelia Malta. Dependencies shown in italics. Retrieved from " https: I, me, mine 1 I-NEY: I, me, you and me, we 1 Rastafari speech eliminates you, me we, they, etc.

I and I embraces the congregation in unity with the Most I high in an endless circle of inity unity. In the 4 IRIE: Or you use it to mean "OK" as in when someone asks you to do something for you, you would reply, "Ites. Lord knows 1 JAH: Jamaica, "Jam" to press down "dung" down. Bands of elaborately masked dancers appearing around Christmas. They ressemble the ancestral dancers of West Africa, but the ety.

Also as a verb, to judge, with a similar meaning. It can be a sexual term meaning the man throw it and the woman catch it! It can also mean a game - life's game, how to see through today to meet tomorrowand all the games of life as in "life is just a ketchy-chuby game. Ecstatic dance for the purpose of communicating with ancestors. Dumb acts as if you have no common sense.

Now freed from its class origin; a respectful form of address to an older man. Ethiopian nobleman who rallied his troops to resist Italian aggression. Talk of the town, originally talk of the females signifying someone with many female conquests MR.

From Hursa maye-wizard, person of mystic power. Yoruba person, practice or language. What tastes good to a goat will ruin his belly. In other words - the things that seem good to you now, can hurt you later East African warriors who resisted colonial domination 3.

Don or top ranking badman 33 NUH: JA equivalent to Tylenol, Excedrin, etc. Used of uncombed hair just starting to turn into dreadlocks. A curse word ref. It is likely a polite permutation of "ras", a la "gosh" or "heck". A style of reggae that uses digital rhythms exclusively. A term sometimes used interchangably with dancehall, since the latter music has become heavily digitized as well.

From biblical"wrothed" 7 RENK: Probably a form of English raging. A manipulator - dishonest person. A person that will sweet talk you out of love and money. This term is most often employed in clashes, on dub plates built for clashes, and so on. Sometimes it is not used in such a negative manner, but most of the time one refers to the someone in the crew as a soundman, not a boy. Said to be the son of Anancy. From Ewe talala 7 TAM: Effective and much feared in the hands of Babylon.

Affectionate and respectful title for an old man. Fram many african languages. In usage close to Afro-American y'awl. Just on for the ride. Yush talk is bad boy talk. Or it can be a way of saying "YO".

In other words it is a way for rude boys to hail each other up. Means I came here to whatever you came for not get involved in politics or gossip. Set a Rat's tail on fire and he's thinks there's a cool breeze. Used to describe someone or something the system for example that is clueless. This metaphor extends very well to all manner and sort of do-gooding and should be considered before any hasty acts of charity! It's a barnyard analogy akin to the grass is always greener, but much coarser, noting that the sweet foliage avidly sought out by the nanny goat gives it diarrhea running belly.

It's a blunt way of warning someone off temptation. The topic is social chaos. Also, "come bad in de morning can't come good a evenin'", and the even more pessimistic "every day bucket go a well, one day di bucket bottom mus drop out". The child must "creep before him walk". And remember, "one one coco fill up a basket", take it easy and fill up your shopping basket one item at a time.

Even if disaster strikes your home it's always possible that all may not be lost. A remimder to conduct business in a straightforward manner. A truly comic image if you've ever been to the zoo, and comforting to any of us whose backs have been used as a stepping-stone for someone else's success.

A profoundly witty statement that sums up any number of current situations, including the state of today's music. A Jamaican who's never been off the island but still acts like a big shot.

In JA they use tools similar to garden hoe. Theyuse it to make yam hill - we use it to make path. There are different sizes for different chores.

So it can also mean that there is someone out there for everyone. So who colt the game?

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English Translation: Jamaican Definition Slang term used to refer a Jamaican or Jamaican descents that live aboard, typically in the United Kingdom. Additionally the term “yardie” may refer to a gang consisting predominantly of Jamaicans criminals who are involved in activities such . 1. cloth, an essential part of most Jamaican bad words, such as bumbo clot, rass clot, blood clot, etc. The essence of Jamaican cursing seems to be nastiness, rather than the blashemy or sexuality which is characteristic of the metropolitan countries.

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