We’re hoping all you bloggers out there might be heading down to Jamaica for one of our awesome projects, so here’s a quick way to blend in with your new Jamaican family. Down in Jamaica, they speak Patois, a blend of West African, Creole, and English words. We thought to impress everyone in Jamaica we would give you a few words and phrases to use, or just to understand what they’re saying for you first-timers!
- All fruits ripe- Everything is just fine.
- Chaka-chaka- Messy and untidy
- Drop legs- to dance
- Fass- Nosey
- Gorgon- a respected and outstanding person
- Half eediat (af ee-dee-at)- someone stupid
- Informa- someone who rats people out to the cops
- Jake, Johnny, Joe- titles used by Jamaicans to point out tourists
- Key- slang for a good friend
- Labba-labba- talking too much
- Run a boat- an expression where a lot of people will gather to cook and eat a meal
- Skin teet- smile
- Wa’ppun- What’s happening (the most common greeting expression)
- Yeyewata- to cry
- Zeen- you understand
Hope this helps everyone out! Happy travels and One Love!