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Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« on: May 01, 2004, 03:06:11 PM »

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Rasta/Patois Dictionary

A                  :    prep. to as in "go a shop," from Spanish (7)
A GO               :    aux w/v. going to do, as in "Me a go tell him" (7)
A DOOR             :    outdoors. (5)
ACCOMPONG          :    n. name of Maroon warrior, Capt. Accompong, brother of
                       Cudjo; also name of town. From the Twi name for the
                       supreme deity (7)
ACKEE              :    n. African food tree introduced about 1778. From Twi
                       ankye or Kru akee (7)
AGONY              :    the sensations felt during sex (6)
AKS                :    ask (28)
ALIAS              :    adj. (urban slang) dangerous, violent (7)
AMSHOUSE           :    poorhouse (29)
AN                 :    than (5)
ARMAGEDDON         :    the biblical final battle between the forces of good
                       and evil (1)
ASHAM              :    n. Parched, sweetened, and ground corn. From twi
                       osiam (7)

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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2004, 03:07:38 PM »

BABYLON            :    1. the corrupt establishment, the "system,
                       " Church and State 2. the police, a policeman (1)
BAD                :    good, great (2)
BAD BWAI           :    (bad boy) 1. refering to a bold man; a compliment 2.  
                  :    One who has committed a crime.
                  :    (rude bwai, ruddy, baddy) (31)
BADNESS            :    hooligan behavior, violence for its own sake (1)
BAFAN              :    clumsy; awkward (5)
BAFANG             :    a child who did not learn to walk the 1st 2-7 years. (5)
BAG-O-WIRE         :    a betrayer (1)
BAGGY              :    underpants for a woman or child. (5)
BALMYARD           :    n. place where pocpmania rites are held, healing is
                       done, spells cast or lifted (7)
BAKRA              :    white slavemaster, or member of the ruling class in
                       colonial days. Popular etymology:
                       "back raw" (which he bestowed with a whip.) (5)
BALD-HEAD          :    a straight person; one without dreadlocks;
                       one who works for babylon (2)
BAMBA YAY          :    by and by (7)
BAMBU              :    rolling paper (1)
BAMMY              :    a pancake made out of cassava, after it has been grated
                       and squeezed to remove the bitter juice. (5)
BANDULU            :    bandit, criminal, one living by guile (1)
                       a BANDULU BIZNESS is a racket, a swindle. (5)
BANGARANG          :    hubbub, uproar, disorder, disturbance. (5)
BANKRA             :    a big basket, including the type which hangs over the
                       sides of a donkey. (5)
BANS               :    from bands; a whole lot, a great deal, nuff,
                       whole heap. (5)
BANTON            :   a storyteller (50)
BASHMENT           :    party, dance, session (3)
BAT                :    butterfly or moth. English bat, the flying rodent,
                       is a rat-bat. (5)
BATTY              :    bottom; backside; anus. (5)
BATTYBWOY          :    a gay person (6)
BEAST              :    a policeman (1)
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2004, 03:08:05 PM »

BEENIE             :    little (36)
BEX                :    vex (verb), or vexed (adjective). (5)
BHUTTU (BUHTUH)    :    an uncouth, out of fashion, uncultured person
                       Use: Wey yu a go inna dem deh cloze? Yu fayva buttu (12)
BIG BOUT YAH       :    Large and in charge.  Superlative indicating status
                       (power, fame, money, talent, etc) within some social
                       group (12)
BISCUIT            :    a particularly attractive woman (46)
BISSY              :    cola nut. (5)
BOOPS/BOOPSIE      :    Boops is a man, often older, who supports a young woman;                        
                                      boopsie refers to a kept woman (46)
BLACK UP           :    To smoke weed. Like somene would ask "You Black up
                  :    today?" Meaning did you smoke today? (14)
BLACKHEART MAN     :    a rascal, a hooligan (38)
BLOUSE AND SKIRT   :    common exclamation of surprise. (29)
BLY                :    chance, "must get a bly", "must get a chance". (4)
BOASIE             :    adj. proud, conceited, ostentatious. Combination of
                       English boastful and Yoruba bosi-proud and ostentatious (7)
BOASIN TONE        :    Swollen penis or testicles (13)
BOBO               :    fool. (5)
BOBO DREAD :   a rastafarian sect based on the teachings of Prince Emanuel Edwards
                           distinguished by turbin-like headdresses, flowing white robes and
                                 communal living (50)
BODERATION         :    Boderation comes from the word bother and that's
                       basically what it means.  If something is a boderation
                       then it's a bother. (29)
BONG BELLY PICKNEY :    a greedy child who ate too much. (29)
BOONOONOONOUS      :    Meaning wonderful. (13)
BOX                :    To smack or to hit in the face. (13)
BRAA               :    from BREDDA; brother. (5)
BRAATA             :    a little extra; like the 13th cookie in a baker's dozen;
                       or an extra helping of food. In musical shows it has
                       come to be the encore. (5)
BREDREN            :    one's fellow male Rastas (1)
BRINDLE            :    to be angry (6)
BRINKS             :    title given to a man who is supplying a woman with money
BUBU               :    fool. (5)
BUCKY              :    home-made gun (2) slave (29)
BUCKY MASSA        :    master over the slaves (29)
BUD                :    bird. (14)
BUFU-BUFU          :    fat, swollen, blubbery; too big; clumsy or lumbering.(5)
BUGUYAGA           :    a sloppy, dirty person, like a bum or tramp. (5)
BULL BUCKA         :    a bully (1)
BULLA              :    a comon sugar and flour cookie or small round cake,
                       sold everywhere in Jamaica. (5)
(TO GET) BUN       :    to have one's spouse or girl/boy-friend cheat on
                       oneself, to be cheated out of something (6)
BLOOD CLOT         :    curse words (1)
BUCK UP            :    meet (28)
BUMBO              :    bottom; backside. A common curse word, especially in
                       combination with CLOT (cloth),
                       a reference to the days before toilet paper. (5)
BUN                :    burn (29)
BUNGO              :    n. racially pejorative. Crude, black, ignorant,
                       boorish person. From Hausa bunga-bumpkin, nincompoop (7)
BUNKS              :    to knock or bump against, from "to bounce",
                       BUNKS MI RES, catch my rest, take a nap. (5)
BWOY               :    Boy (13)
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2004, 03:08:57 PM »

(THE) CAT          :    a woman's genitals (6)
CALLALOU           :    A spinach stew. (18)
CARD               :    to fool someone (6)
CEASE & SEKKLE!    :    stop everything and relax! (6)
CEPES              :    (n.) - beard (35)
CERACE             :    a ubiquitous vine used for boiling medicinal tea,
                       and for bathing. It is proverbial for its bitterness.(5)
CHA! or CHO!       :    a disdainful expletive (1) pshaw! (2) very common, mild
                       explanation expressing impatience, vexation or
                       disappointment. (5)
CHAKA-CHAKA        :    messy, disorderly, untidy. (5)
CHALICE or CHILLUM :    a pipe for smoking herb, usually made from coconut shell
or CHALEWA         :    and tubing, used ritually by Rastas (1)
CHANT              :    (v.) - to sing, especially cultural or spiritual songs (35)
CHEAP              :    just as cheap, just as well. (5)
CHI CHI MAN          :    a gay man (6)
CHIMMY             :    chamber pot. (5)
CHO                :    very common, mild explanation expressing impatience,
                       vexation or disappointment. (5)
CLAP               :    hit, break, stride (1)
CLOT               :    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.  
                       2. to hit or strike - from the verb "to clout". (5)
                       3. literally means a used tampon (31)
COCO               :    a potato-like edible root, known elsewhere as the taro
                       or the eddo.  
                       It was brought to Jamaica from the South Pacific.
                       This is completely distinct from cocoa, usually called
                       chocolate. (5)
COIL               :    money (6)
COLD I UP        : humiliate or be-little (29)
COME DUNG          :    come down, get ready (as to prepare to play a tune) (6)
COME EEN LIKE      :    to seem as if; to resemble. (5)
CONTROL            :    to be in charge of, responsible for, to own; to take (1)
COO 'PON           :    v. (origin unclear) Look upon! (7)
COO YAH            :    v. (origin unclear) Look here! (7) pay attention (17)
COOL RUNNINGS      :    usually used at a time of departure on a long journey
                       meaning have a safe trip (31)
COOLIE             :    the traditional Jamaican epithet for East Indians.
                       It is never used It is never used for Chinese Jamaicans.
                       Usually in the form coolie-man or coolie-oman.
                       It is not considered polite today anymore than the term
                       nega, but it is still used widely in rural areas. (5)
COLLIE             :    n. (urban slang) ganja (7)
COME YAH (cumyu)   :    come here. (17)
CORK UP            :    jammed, filled, crowded (2)
CORN               :    1. marijuana 2. money 3. a bullet (1)
COTCH              :    verb (cotch up), to support something else, as with a
                       forked stick; to balance something or place it
                       temporarily; to beg someone a cotch, can be a place on
                       a crowded bus seat or bench; or it may mean to cotch a
                       while, to stay somewhere temporarily. (5)
COTTA              :    a roll of cloth or vegetation placed on top of the head
                       to cushion the skull from the weight of a head load. (5)
CRAB               :    aside from it's usual meaning, it is a verb meaning to
                       scratch or claw. (5)
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2004, 03:09:31 PM »

CRAVEN             :    greedy (5)
CRAVEN CHOKE PUPPY :    someone who wants everything but when
                    they get it , they can't manage it.

CREATION STEPPER   :    means you step it in and throughout Babylon without
                       fear - cuttin' edge, livin' on the edge, fear no foe.  
                       Lookin justice in the eye and saying, What are you doin ?"!! (29)
CRIS               :    crisp; popularly used for anything brand-new,
                       slick-looking. (5)
CRISSARS           :    crisp, brand-new (2)
CROMANTY           :    adj. from Corromantee, Blacks from the Gold Coast
                       believed to be rebellious (7)
CROCUS BAG         :    a very large sack made of coarse cloth, like burlap (10)
CROSSES            :    problems, vexations, trials; bad luck, misfortunes. (5)
CRUCIAL            :    serious, great, "hard,", "dread" (1)
CU                 :    verb, look! (5)
CU DEH!            :    look there! (5)
CU PAN             :    look at. (5)
CU YA!             :    look here! (5)
CU YU              :    To say "Look at you." To the person you are refering to. (14)
CUBBITCH           :    covetous. (5)
CUDJO              :    n. name of famous Maroon warrior; mn born on Monday,
                       from Fante, Twi kudwo (7)
CULTURE            :    reflecting or pertaining to the roots values and
                       traditions highly respected by the Rastas (1)
CUSS-CUSS          :    a quarrel or fracas, with lots of cursing. (5)
CUT YAI            :    to cut your eye at somebody is a very common means of
                       expressing scorn or contempt, for example; one catches
                       the other person's eye, then deliberatly turns one's
                       own eyes as an insult. (5)
                       You can also cut your eye at somebody in a friendly way. (29)
CUTCHIE            :    pipe for communal smoking. (5)
CYA                :    1. to care; "donkya", don't care, careless; "no kya"
                          means no matter, as in "no kya weh im tun",
                          no matter where he turns.
                       2. to carry. (5)
CYAAN              :    can't. (5)
CYAI               :    to carry. (5)
CYAN               :    can. (5)

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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2004, 03:10:00 PM »

D.J.               :    a person who sings or scats along with dub music,
                       sometimes called "toasting" (2)
DAAL               :    split peas, usually a thick soup, from Indian cuisine,
                       from Hindi. (5)
DADA               :    father (6)
DALLY              :    executive zig-zag movements on wheels (2) or on foot (6)
                       to ride a bicycle or motorbike with a weaving motion,
                       as when ones weaves around potholes. (5)
DAN DADA           :    the highest of DON'S (6)
DAN                :    than (5)
DARKERS            :    sunglasses (6)
DASHEEN            :    a big soft yam-like root, often slightly greyish when
                       cooked. It is related to the coco, but one eats the
                       "head" instead of the tubers. (5)
DAWTA              :    a girl, woman, "sister," girlfriend (1)
DEAD HOOD          :    (the H is silent) = A man that can't perform sexually. Impotent.
DEADERS            :    meat, meat by-products (1)
DEESTANT           :    decent. (5)
DEGE or DEGE-DEGE  :    adjective, little, skimpy, measly, only, as in a two
                       dege-dege banana. (5)
DEH                :    there (place) (6)
DEY                :    v. to be, exist, as in "No yam no dey". From Ewe de or
                       Twi  de - to be (7)
DEY 'PON           :    (aux. v.) - to be engaged in action or continuing
                       activity (35) literally "there upon"  As in "it dey pon de table". (29)
DI                 :    the (6)
DILDO MACCA        :    dangerous macca or thorn that will bore you up (29)
DINKI              :    a kind of traditional dance at funerals or "nine nights"
                       ("set-ups"); now popular among school children. (5)
DIS or DIS YA      :    this (6)
DJEW               :    as a verb, rain a djew; as a noun, djew rain.
                       It means a light rain or drizzle. (5)
DOGHEART           :    a person who is especially cold and cruel (6)
DOLLY              :    executive zig-zag movements on wheels (2)
DON                :    one who is respected, master of a situation (6)
DONKYA             :    from "don't care"; careless, sloppy, lacking ambition,
                       etc. (5)
DOONDOOS           :    an albino. (5)
DOWNPRESSOR        :    preferred term for oppressor (1)
DOTI               :    "Dutty" means dirty, dirt or earth (19)(29)
(TO) DRAW CARD     :    the act of fooling someone (6)
DREAD              :    1. a person with dreadlocks
                       2. a serious idea or thing
                       3. a dangerous situation or person
                       4. the "dreadful power of the holy"
                       5. experientially, "awesome, fearful confrontation of
                          a people with a primordial but historically denied
                          racial selfhood" (1)
DREADLOCKS         :    1. hair that is neither combed nor cut 2. a person with
                          dreadlocks (1)
DREADY             :    a friendly term for a fellow dread (1)
DUB                :    a roots electronic music, created by skillful,
                       artistic re-engineering of recorded tracks (2)
DUB PLATE          :    A pre-release copy of a record, often produced
                       exclusively for a specific sound system (see "sound system"). (46)
DUCK-ANTS          :    white ants, or termites. (5)
DUKUNU             :    sweet corn-meal dumplings boiled in wrapped leaves. (5)
DUNDUS             :    an albino. (5)
DUNGLE             :    n. legendary West Kingston slum surrounding a garbage
                       dump, now cleared.  (7)
                       : From English dunghill
DUNS,DUNSA         :    money (1)
DUPPY              :    a ghost (1)
DUTCHY             :    dutch cooking pot, low round-bottomed heavy pot. (5)

DUTTY              :    dirty (17)
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2004, 03:10:28 PM »

EASE-UP            :    to forgive, to lighten up (6)
       & CURRY    :    all is well, all is taken care of (6)

FALLA FASHIN       :    Copycat (13)
FAS'               :    to be fast with, meaning to be rude, impertinent,
                       to meddle with sombody's business, to be forward, etc.
FASSY              :    eczema-like scratchy sores on the skin;
                       also a verb meaning to cause oneself to be covered with
                       fassy by scratching. (5)
FAASTI (FIESTY)    :    impertinent, rude, impudent (35)
FAYVA              :    to favour, resemble, or look like; "fayva like"
                       also means "it seems as if". (5)
FE (FI)            :    the infinitive "to" as in "Have fe go" (7)
                  :    "a fe" Have to (28) "fe dem" their (28)
FEEL NO WAY        :    don't take offense, don't be sorry, don't worry (1)
FENKY-FENKY        :    (from finicky) choosy, proud, stuck-up. (5)

FENNEH             :    v. to feel physical distress, pain. From Twi
                       fene-to vomit; Fante fena-to be troubled; Lumba
                       feno-to faint (7)
FI (FE)            :    possessive. "fi me"-"mine" (7) Can also mean
                  :    "for" or "to", as in "I ha' fi", I have to.
                  :    Yu num fi du dat = You are not to do that. (12)
                       Fe is Fi  as in fi ar means hers
                       fi im - his
                       fi dem - theirs
                       fi you - yours
                       fi me - mine (29)
FIESTY (FAASTI)    :    impudent, rude, out of order, cheeky. (5)
FIRST LIGHT        :    tomorrow (1)
(HIM A) FISH       :    a gay person (6)
FIT                :    when used of fruits and vegetables,
                       it means ready to pick, full grown,
                       though not necessarily fully ripe. (5)
                       also means in good shape.  ("You haffe fit!") (31)
FORWARD            :    1. to go, move on, set out 2. in the future (1)
FRONTA             :    tobacco leaf used to roll herb (1)
FUCKERY            :    wrong, unfair (6)
 TO THE FULLNESS  :    completely, absolutely, totally (1)
FUNDS              :    Money (6)
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2004, 03:10:59 PM »

GAAN A BED         :    an adverbial phrase; following a verb of liking or
                       loving, it has a superlative meaning;
                       Can be used in any context,
                       such as "I love hafu yam gaan to bed!". (5)
                       means very much as in liking very much (29)
GALANG             :    go along. (23)
GANJA              :    herb, marijuana (1)
GANSEY             :    t-shirt, any knit shirt (2)
(TO) GET SALT      :    to be thwarted, to encounter misfortune (6)
GATES              :    home, yard (1)
GENERAL            :    cool operator (1)
GI                 :    give (28)
GIG                :    spinning top. (5)
GILL               :    unit of measure like pint. (42)
GINNAL             :    n. trickster, con-man, an Amnancy figure as in "Sunday
                       Ginnal"-a preacher or clergyman (7)
GLAMITY            :    a woman's genitals (6)
GORGON             :    outstanding dreadlocks (1) a dragon (29)
(DON) GORGON       :    outstanding dreadlocks, a person who is respected (2,6)
GRAVALICIOUS       :    greedy, avaricious. (5)
GRINDSMAN          :    one who displays great prowess in bed(6)
GROUNATION         :    large, island-wide meeting and celebration of Rastas (1)
GROUND             :    home, yard (4)

HACKLE             :    to hassle, bother, worry, trouble. As a noun, hackling.
HAFFI              :    to have to... (6)
HAIL               :    a greeting (1)
HARBOUR SHARK      :    "Mr. Want-All"  glutton, greedy, someone who wants it all. (29)
HARD               :    excellent, proficient, skillful, uncompromising (1) tough (29)
HARD EARS          :    stubborn, doesn't listen (37)
HEETCH             :    itch. Many such words could be listed under H,
                       as initial H is added to scores of words at will. (5)
HEAD MAN JANCRO    :    n. albino buzzard (7)
HERB               :    marijuana (1)
HIEZ-HAAD          :    ears-hard, thick skulled, stubborn, unwilling or unable
                        to hear. (5)
HIEZ               :    ears. (5)
HIGGLERS           :    higglers, who are primarly woman who buy and sell goods
                       that they have imported into the country. Some higglers,
                       however, do not make trips out of the country to buy
                       goods, but sell the goods that others import.  The
                       connection between higglers and dancehall culture is
                       crucial as they form one of the strongest international
                       links between JA, North America, and the Caribbean. (16)
HITEY-TITEY        :    upper class, high tone, "stoosh". (5) someone who pretends to be better
                       than they are (29)
HOMELY             :    to be relaxed, comfortable, enjoying your home surrounding. (14)
HOOD               :    penis. (5)
HORTICAL (DON)     :    respected, acclaimed (6)
HOT-STEPPER        :    fugitive from jail or gun court (1)
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2004, 03:11:33 PM »

I-DREN             :    (n.)- male Rastafarian (35)
I-MAN              :    I, me, mine (1)
I-NEY              :    a greeting (2)
I-REY              :    1. a greeting 2. excellent, cool, highest (1)
I-SHENCE           :    herb (1)
I-TAL              :    vital, organic, natural, wholesome; refers to way of
                       cooking and way of life (1)
                       in colors, red, green and gold (2)
I                  :    replaces "me", "you", "my"; replaces the first syllable
                       of seleted words (1) I and I, I&I: I, me, you and me,
                       we (1)
                       Rastafari speech eliminates you, me we, they, etc.,
                       as divisive and replaces same with communal I and I.
                       I and I embraces the congregation in unity with the
                       Most I (high) in an endless circle of inity (unity). (3)
IEZ-HAAD           :    ears-hard, thick skulled, stubborn, unwilling or
                       unable to hear. (5)
IEZ                :    ears. (5)
ILIE               :    adj. literally, "highly", valuable, exalted, even
                       sacred (7)
IGNORANT           :    short-tempered, easy to vex, irate. (5)
INNA DI MORROWS    :    tomorrow (6)
INNA               :    In the (4)
IRIE               :    A Greeting. excellent, cool, highest (1)
                  :    adj. powerful and pleasing (7)
ISES/IZES/ISIS     :    praises (11) Praises to the almighty given by Rasta
                  :    when calling on the name of Jah for strength and
                  :    assistance for achieving progress in life. (30)

ISMS and SKISMS    :    negative term denoting Babylon's classificatory systems
ITES               :    1. the heights
                       2. a greeting
                       3. the color red (1) great (2)
                       4. another word for irie.  Or you use it to mean "OK"
                          as in when someone asks you to do something
                          for you, you would reply, "Ites." (29)
IWA                :    certain time or hour (43)
JA, JAM-DOWN       :    Jamaica (1)
JACKASS ROPE       :    homegrown tobacco, twisted into a rope. (5)
JAH KNOW           :    Lord knows (1)
JAH                :    God; possibly derived as a shortened form of Jahweh or
                       Jehovah (1)
                       Jah Ras Tafari, Haille Selassie, King of Kings, Lord of
                       Lords, conquering Lion of Judah; rastas revere Haile
                       Selassie as the personification of the Almighty (2)

JAMDUNG            :    Jamaica, "Jam" to press down "dung" down. Ironic
                       reference to social and economic conditions of the
                       masses (7)
JAMMIN             :    to be having a good time, to be dancing calypso/soca (6)
JANCRO             :    n. literally John Crow, buzzard (7)
JANGA              :    shrimp, crayfish. (5)
JELLY              :    a young coconut, full of jelly. (5)
JON CONNU          :    n. (John Canoe). Bands of elaborately masked dancers
                       appearing around Christmas. They ressemble the
                       ancestral dancers of West Africa, but the ety. of the
                       word is unclear. (7)
JOOK               :    to pierce or stick, as with a thorn or a long pointed
                       stick. (5) also used in a sexual context (29)
JOOKS              :    hangout, relax (29)
JUDGIN'            :    adjective, everyday or ordinary clothes or shoes worn
                       in the yard or in the bush, as in "judgin' boot".
                       Also as a verb, to judge, with a similar meaning. (5)
JUU                :    as a verb, rain a juu; as a noun, juu rain.
                       It means a light rain or drizzle. (5)
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2004, 03:12:09 PM »

KALI; COOLY        :    marijuana (1)
KALLALOO           :    a dark, green leafy vegetable, very nutritious and
                       cheap. (5)
KASS KASS          :    n. quarrel or contention. From combination of English
                       curse or cuss, and Twi kasa kasa-to dispute verbally (7)
KATA               :    a roll of cloth or vegetation placed on top of the head
                       to cushion the skull from the weight of a head load. (5)
KAYA               :    see ganja (4)
KETCH UP           :    grapple (28) get in a fight (29)
KETCHY-CHUBY       :    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 tomorrow
                       and all the games of life as in "life is just a ketchy-chuby game." (29)
KEMPS              :    a little bit, a tiny piece, from skimps. (5)
KIN TEET           :    "skin teeth"  to laugh at someone or give them a
                       plastic smile, sometimes used derogatorily as in
                       "A little kin-teet bwoy." (29)
KISS ME NECK!      :    common exclamation of surprise. (5)
KISS TEET          :    to kiss one's teeth or to suck one's teeth is to make
                       the very common hissing noise of disappoval, dislike,
                       vexation or disappointment. (5)
KOUCHIE            :    bowl of a chalice or chillum pipe (1)
KRENG-KRENG        :    an old-fashioned meat rack, hung up high over the fire
                       to catch the smoke. (5)
KUMINA             :    n. Ecstatic dance for the purpose of communicating with
                       ancestors. From Twi akom-to be possessed and ana-by an
                       ancestor (7)

LABA-LABA          :    to chat, gab; gossip. (5)
LABRISH            :    gossip, chit-chat. (5)
LAGGA HEAD         :    Dumb acts as if you have no common sense. Stupid.
                  :    "yu dam Lagga head bud" (14)
LAMBSBREAD         :    a form of high-quality marijuana (1)
LARGE              :    respected (6)
LET OFF            :    pay out (28)
LEGGO BEAS'        :    wild, disorderly, like a let-go beast. (5)
LICK               :    To hit (13)
LICKY-LICKY        :    fawning, flattering, obsequious. (5)
LIKKLE             :    little (29)
LILLY BIT          :    little bit, tiny. (5)
LION               :    a righteous Dread (1) a great soul (2)
LIKKLE MORE        :    see you later (2)
(TOO) LIKKY-LIKKY  :    title given to those who like to eat any food they
                       encounter , without discretion (6)

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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2004, 03:12:44 PM »

MAAMA MAN          :    a gay person, an effeminate man, a weakling (6)
MAAS               :    n. from master or massa. Now freed from its class
                       origin; a respectful form of address to an older man.
                       chill out, be by ones self for a while (24)
MACCA              :    thorn, prickle. dangerous. (29)
MACCA BACK         :    boney fish used to make fish soup (29)
MADDA              :    mother (6)
MAFIA              :    big-time criminals (1)
MAGA DOG           :    mongrel (4)
MAGA               :    thin (2) (from meagre) (5)
MAMPI              :    Fat or overweight (13)
MANACLES           :    chains (11)
MANNERS            :    under heavy discipline or punishment. for example
                       when Kingston is under "heavy manners", they have a
                       curfew or call out the army. (10)
MARINA             :    a man's undershirt, guernsey; a tank-top style. (5)
MAROON             :    n. free black warrior-communities which successfully
                       resisted British hegemony during eighteenth century
                       and early nineteenth century. From Spanish cimmaron-
                       untamed, wild (7)
MASCOT             :    denoting inferior status (2)
MASH IT UP         :    a huge success (1)
MASH UP, MASH DOWN :    destroy (1)
MASSIVE            :    respected (6), used with LARGE to add emphasis
MATEY              :    mistress (12)
MEK WE             :    Let Us. (4)
MENELIK, RAS       :    n. Ethiopian nobleman who rallied his troops to resist
                       Italian aggression. Defeated Italians at Adowa 1896 (7)
MONKS              :    amongst. (5)
MORE TIME          :    see you later (1)
MR. MENTION        :    Talk of the town, originally talk of the females
                       signifying someone with many female conquests
MR. T              :    the boss (2)
MUS MUS            :    a rat (4)
      /FATHER     :    the mother/father of my child (1,6)
MYAL               :    n. a form of benign magic oposed to Obeah, hence
                       myalman. From Hursa maye-wizard, person of mystic
                       power. (7)

NAGAH              :    n. pejorative for a black person (7)
NAGO               :    n. Yoruba person, practice or language. From Ewe
                       anago-Yoruba person (7)
NAH                :    adv. will not. Emphatic as in "Me nah do that" (7)
NANA               :    midwife; nanny or nurse. (5)
NANNY GOAT         :    "What sweet nanny goat a go run him belly" is a
                       cautionary Jamaican proverb which translated means:
                       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... (10)
NASH               :    female genatalia (6)
NATTY CONGO        :    1. dreadlocks 2. a person with dreadlocks (1)
NAZARITE           :    Ancient Hebrew meaning to "separate", consecrated,
                       set apart by choice and devotion (1)
NICE UP:  to promote and foster a positive feeling. to "nice up the dance"
                                             means to get the party going (50)
NIYABINGHI         :    1. "death to all black and white oppressors"
                       2. East African warriors who resisted colonial
                       3. large Rastafarian meeting and spiritual gathering
                       4. referring to orthodox, traditional Rastas
                       5. a variety of drumming (1)
NIYAMEN            :    name for Rastas referring to Niyabinghi warriors of
                       East Africa (1)
NO CYA             :    no matter, as in "no kya weh im tun", no matter where
                       he turns. (5)
NOTCH              :    Don or top ranking badman (33)
NUH                :    interrogative at end of sentence; literally, "Is it
                       not so?" (7)
NUH NUTTIN         :    not a big deal (17)
NUH TRUE?          :    isn't it so? (1)
NYAM               :    to eat. (5)
(TOO) NYAMI-NYAMI  :    title given to those who like to eat any food
                       they encounter, without discretion (6)
NYING'I-NYING'I    :    nagging, whining. (5)
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2004, 03:13:56 PM »

O-DOKONO           :    boiled maize bread. (5)
OBEAH              :    traditional African "science", relating to matters of
                       the spirit and spirits, spells, divinations, omens,
                       extra-sensory knowledge, etc. (5)
OHT FI             :    about to, on the vergeof, as in "it hoht fi rain",
                       it is about to rain, it looks like rain. (5)
ONE DROP           :    A popular type of rhythm pattern used on countless reggae records (46)
ONE LOVE           :    a parting phrase, expression of unity (1)
ONE-ONE            :    adjective, one by one, thus any small amount. (5)
ONGLE              :    only. (5)

PAKI               :    calabash, gourd. (5)
PAPAA              :    pawpaw, or papaya melon. (5)
PATTAN             :    pattern, style and fashion (39)
PATU               :    owl. (5)
PAYAKA             :    heathen (11) craven, want it all (29)
PYAKA              :    tricky or dishonest. (10)
PEEL-HEAD          :    bald-headed, usually certain chickens or vultures. (5)
PEENYWALLY         :    a kind of large fire fly, actually a type of flying
                       beetle. (5)
PEER               :    avocado pear. (5)
PHENSIC            :    JA equivalent to Tylenol, Excedrin, etc. (26)
PICKY, PICKY HEAD  :    brush haircut (3)
PICKY-PICKY        :    1. finicky or choosy
                       2. Used of uncombed hair just starting to turn into
                          dreadlocks. (5)
PIKNY              :    pickaninny, child. (5)
PINDA              :    peanut. (5)
PIRA               :    a low wooden stool. (5)
PITY-ME-LIKL       :    a type of very tiny red ant whose bite is so hot and
                       long-lasting it resembles a sting. (5)
POCOMANIA, POCO    :    christian revival, distinct drum rhythm (2)
POLYTRICKS         :    politics (by Peter Tosh) (6)
POLYTRICKSTERS     :    politicians (by Peter Tosh) (6)
POPPY-SHOW         :    from puppet show, it is used in the idiom,
                       tek smadi mek poppy-show, which means to make fun of
                       someone or shame them, making them look ridiculous. (5)
PUM-PUM            :    a woman's genitals (6)
PUNAANI or PUNNI   :    a woman's genitals (6)
PUPPALICK          :    somersalt. (5)
PUSSY CLOT         :    A curse word ref. to a woman's sanitary napkin. (14)
PUTTIN' AWAY       :    a preposition, meaning "except for", or "except". (5)
PYAA-PYAA          :    sickly, weak; feeble, of no account. (5)
PYU                :    from spew; verb used of running sores or anything
                       similarly dripping or oozing. (5)
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2004, 03:14:27 PM »

QUASHIE            :    n. peasant, country bumpkin, coarse and stupid person;
                       racial pejorative generic term for blacks; originally
                       Twi name of a boy born on a Sunday (7)
QUIPS              :    1. nouns (from squips) a tiny piece or amount.
                       2. verb, the Jamaican art of washing clothes making a
                          "squips-squips" sound. (5)

RAATID!            :    a common mild expletive of surprise or vexation, as in
                       "to raatid!".  It is likely a polite permutation of
                       "ras", a la "gosh" or "heck". (5)
RAGGA              :    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. (46)
RAGGAMUFFIN        :    jamaican ghetto dweller (46)
RAM                :    full up (28)
RAM GOAT           :    slang for someone who deals with nuff ladies (17)
RANKING            :    highly respected (1)
RAS or RASS        :    backside, rump; a common curse is to rass! or rass clot!
                       a title used by Rastafarians meaning "lord" or "head" .
(TO) RAAS          :    "really?", "damn!"(6)
RASTA, RASTAFARIAN :    a follower of Marcus Garvey who worships the Almighty
                       in the person of haile Selassie
RAT-BAT            :    bat, the night-flying rodent. (5)
RATCHET            :    a switchblade knife popular in Jamaica (1)
RED                :    1. very high on herb 2. mulatto color (1)
RED EYE            :    to want another persons belonging, envious. "You too red eye",
                  :    meaning, you're too envious. (14)
RAHTID             :    expression of surprise, or to be enraged. From
                       biblical"wrothed" (7)
RENK               :    1. foul-smelling, raw-smelling.
                       2. out of order, impudent, as in a rank-imposter.
                          "Yu too renk!". (5)
                       fiesty (29)
RHAATID            :    a curse-exclamation, similar to "what the hell" (6)
                  :    To rahtid ---> Exclamination!!, i.e Wow! a milder form
                  :    to Rass...excitement!! (40)
RHYGIN             :    adj. spirited, vigorous, lively, passionate with great
                       vitality and force; also sexually provocative and
                       aggressive. Probably a form of English raging. (7)
RIZZLA             :    brand of rolling paper. (3)
ROCKERS            :    reggae music (1) reggae music as it is played today,
                       the latest sound (2)
ROOTS              :    1. derived from the experience of the common people,
                          natural indigenous
                       2. a greeting
                       3. name for a fellow Rasta (1)
ROTI               :    flat Indian pan breads. (5)
ROYAL, (RIAL)      :    n. offspring of some other race and black, ass in
                       "Chiney-Rial," "coolie-rial"; humorous as in
                       "monkey-rial" (7)
RUDE BOY           :    a criminal, a hard hearted person, a tough guy (6)
RUN-DUNG           :    food cooked in coconut juice, obtained after grating
                       the dry coconut meat and squeezing it in water,
                       thus extracting the coconut cream. (5)
RUNNING BELLY      :    diarrhea (12)
RYAL               :    royal. (5)
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2004, 03:15:02 PM »

SAL'TING           :    1. dishes cooked with saltfish or meat.
                       2. that part of the meal which is served with the "food"
                          (starchy food, ground food).
                       3. by some strange extension, the female organ, often
                          simply called "sal". (5)
                       the food that goes with the rice, potatoes or starchy food; like calalloo,
                       fish and sauce, sauces or gravy (29)
SALT               :    adjective, broke, empty-handed, low on funds or food,
                       as in "tings salt" or "i' salt". (5)
SAMBO              :    the colour between brown and black; someone who is a
                       cross between a mullatto (brown) and a black. (5)
SAMFAI MAN         :    trickster, conman. (5)
SHAMPATA           :    n. sandal of wood or tire rubber. Span. zapato (7)
SANFI              :    A manipulator - dishonest person. A person that will sweet talk you
                  :    out of love and money. "Dam Sanfi Bitch". (14)
SANKEY             :    n. religious song of a paticularly lugubrious tone,
                       sung in the long or common meter. From Ira David
                       Sankey, evangelist and hymnalist (7)
SATA               :    to rejoice, to meditate, to give thanks and praise. (5)
SATTA              :    sit, rest, meditate (1) relax (6)
(GO) SATTA         :    claim how spiritual you are (11)
SCIENCE            :    obeah, witchcraft (1)
SCIENTIST          :    occult practitioner (2)
SCOUT              :    denoting inferior status (6)
SCREECHIE          :    to sneak by (6)
SCREW              :    to scowl, to be angry (1)
SEEN               :    I understand, I agree (1)
SEEN?              :    Do you understand? (6)
SHAG               :    home-cured tobacco, straight from the field. (5)
SHAKE OUT          :    leave without haste, casually (2)
SHEG (UP)          :    verb, to bother, as in "all sheg up",
                       all hot and bothered, or or spoiled up (as of work). (5)
SHEG-UP            :    to be messed up, ruined (6)
SHEPHERD           :    n. leader of revivalist cult; also proprietor of
                       balmyard, healer and prophet (7)
SHOOB              :    to shove. (5)
SIDUNG             :    sit down (6)
SIGHT?             :    do you understand? (1)
SINKL-BIBLE        :    the aloevera plant. (5)
SINSEMILLA, SENSIE :    popular, potent, seedless, unpollinated female strain
                       of marijuana (1)
SINTING            :    something. (5)
SIPPLE             :    slippery; slimy. (5)
SISTER, SISTREN    :    a woman, a friend, woman Rastafarians (1)
SITTIN'            :    something. (5)
SKANK              :    to dance to reggae music (1) to move with cunning,
                       ulterior motives (2)
SKIL               :    kiln, as in "limeskil". (5)              
SKIN               :    rolling paper (1)
SKIN YOUR TEETH    :    smile (1) plastic smile (29)
SLABBA-SLABBA      :    big and fat, slobby, droopy. (5)
SLACKNESS          :    lewd, vulgar lyrics popular in DJ singing (4)
SLACKY TIDY        :    unkept or messy (29)
SMADI              :    somebody. (5)
SO-SO              :    only, solely, unaccompanied. (5) weak, pallid (6)
SOFT               :    not well done, amateurish; unable to cope (1)
                       broke, no money (2)
SOUNDBWOY          :    usually a derogatory way to refer to the selecter or
                  :    other personality in another sound system. 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. (17)
SOUND SYSTEM       :    Huge mobile stereo setups manned by DJs, who became
                       celebrities as they traveled Jamaica to host open-air dances (46)
SPLIFF             :    large, cone-shaped marijuana cigarette (1)
SPRING             :    to sprout, as of yams or cocos, making them inedible.
STAR               :    common term of affection, camaraderie (1)
STEP               :    to leave, to depart (1) briskly, quickly (2)
STOOSH/STOSHUS     :    upper class, high tone, "hitey-titey". (5)
STRING UP          :    a muscial rehearsal (2)
STRUCTURE          :    body, health (1)
SU-SU              :    gossip, the sound of wispering. (5)
SUFFERER           :    a poor person stuggling to survive (2)
SUPM, SINTING      :    something (6)
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2004, 03:15:56 PM »

TACK               :    bullet (2)
TACUMAH            :    n. character in Anancy tales. Said to be the son of
                       Anancy. Twin'ticuma (7)
TAKARI/TANKARI     :    stewed spicy pumpkin. (5)
TALL               :    long (1)
TALLOWAH           :    adj. sturdy, strong, fearless, physically capable.
                       From Ewe talala (7)
TAM                :    deep woolen hat, used by Dreads to cover their locks
TAMBRAN SWITCH     :    n. a flail made from the wiry branches of the Tamarind
                       tree, braided and oiled. Effective and much feared in
                       the hands of Babylon. (7)
TAN'               :    to stand; usually used in the sense of "to be".
                       "A so im tan", "that is what he is like";
                       "tan deh!" or "yu tan deh!" means "just you wait!".  
                       "Tan tedy", stand steady, means "hold still". (5)
TARRA-WARRA        :    a polite way of expressing omitted bad words, a verbal
                       asterisk. (5)
TATA               :    n. father. Affectionate and respectful title for an old
                       man. Fram many african languages. Ewe, Ge, N'gombe (7)
TATU               :    a little thatched hut, often made of bamboo. (5)
TEETH              :    bullets (2)
TEIF               :    a theif, to steal (6)
THE I              :    (pron.) -you, yourself, yours (35)
THRU'              :    because (28)
TOAST              :    (v.) - to rap or sing spontaneously over a dub track (35)
TOTO               :    coconut cake. (5)
TOPANORIS          :    uptown snobby person. (10) wealthy but mean behind it (29)
TRACE              :    to curse or speak abusively to someone. (5)
TRANSPORT          :    vehicle (1)
TUMPA              :    from stump, as in "tumpa-foot man", a one-foot man. (5)
TUNTI              :    female organ. (5)

UNO/UNU            :    you-all. (5) pron. you, plural. In usage close to
                       Afro-American y'awl. From Ibo unu, same meaning (7)
UPFUL              :    postitive, encouraging (2)
UPHILL             :    positive, righteous (1)
UPTOWN             :    the upper classes (1)

VANK               :    (v.) - to vanquish, conquer (35)
VEX                :    to get angry (1)

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