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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2004, 04:16:43 PM »

WA DAY             :    adverbial phrase, the other day. (5)
WA MEK?            :    why?
WHAFEDOO           :    we'll have to (make) do or we'll have to deal with it (37)
WAKL               :    wattle, a kind of woven bamboo work used to make house
                       walls. (5)
WANGA-GUT          :    hungry-belly. (5)
WARRA-WARRA        :    politely omitted bad words, same as "tarra-warra". (5)
WENCHMAN           :    a kind of fish, "hail brother john, have you any
                  :    wenchman?" (from "Row Fisherman Row"). (10)
WH'APPEN?          :    what's happening? (4)
WHATLEF            :    What's left over (7)
WHEELS             :    vehicle (6)
WHOLE HEAP         :    a lot (1)
WINE               :    "wine" appears in every West Indian dialect, and is
                       literally a corruption of "wind." It means to dance,
                       sometimes seductively. (17)
WINJY              :    thin and sickly looking. (5)
WIS                :    vine, liana, from withe. (5)
WOLF               :    a non-rasta deadlocks (2)
WOOD               :    penis. (5)

YA NUH SEE?        :    you know? (1)
YA                 :    hear, or here. (5)
YABBA              :    a big clay pot. (5)
YAGA YAGA          :    Dancehall slang. a way to big up a brethren; to express
                       a greeting or attract attention, i.e. yo! or yush!
                       true friend; bonafide; brethren. (9)
YAHSO              :    here (place) (6)
YAI                :    eye. (5)
YARD               :    home, one's gates (1) tenement (2)
YOUTH              :    a child, a young man, an immature man (1)
YUSH               :    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. (27)

ZION               :    Ethiopia, Africa, the Rastafarian holy land (1)
ZUNGU PAN          :    zinc pan. (5)


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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2004, 04:49:30 PM »

i dont hav much to add :) thanks Ras ;)

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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2004, 07:53:39 AM »

Cool dictionary! What is a back slidder, or back sidder though?
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2004, 12:59:27 PM »

To know why they speak Patois in JA, Idrens must know that this is the language that the slaves spoke if the boss didn't may hear it.
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2004, 01:29:05 PM »

Umm Major Scorpian , I am from Trinidad & Tobago , the first lanuguage that I ever spoke was Patois . Patois is Broken french . I doubt it highly this is why people spoke patois , because if I speak in broken English , obviously someone that speaks proper english will know what I am speaking about . It won't be that hard to understand . Seen . I have a book here on Patois ...the roots of it ...and a couple phrases , slangs , words and their meanings ...when I get some time , I shall post it for you all .

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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2004, 01:37:17 PM »

I learned it the way I said, but if the I says it is that way then I take that as truth because the I says that the I has the information out of a book. Could the I explain how the Patois came in JA?

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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2004, 09:29:44 PM »

I can't say how Patois reached Jamaica . I can only speak about Trinidad & Tobago . I will show you some of the things I have here , later on this evening .
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2004, 10:18:23 PM »

Cool dictionary. I need to read up on sum o that.
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2004, 06:28:18 PM »

alright sister Jasmine,

I shall wait for I teachings.
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #24 on: November 20, 2004, 02:47:00 AM »

Major Scorpian ,
I am so sorry that I took so very long to post this for you . Well atleast I am doing it now right ! LOL

In the summer of 1498, when the Garini citizens of Cheleide & Aloubaera (Trinidad & Tobago) went down to the seashore of Moruga to lime and boucaner wild meat, they discovered Christopher Columbus , the first European tourist on their beach . Since then , de natives have been res'less , busy inventing such wonders as a prodigious Street Carnival , Calypso , The Steel Pan , Limbo , Roti , perfecting Angostura Bitters , and a philosophy of the life that spreads ambience and goodwill wherever its people go.

The Language , while Brittanic in essence , is thouroughly marinated in Aboriginal defiance , the elusive Spanish gold , French assaults , steeped with East Indian Massala , a History rich from the cross-mingling of the sweat from the Negue Jardin, the bus'-head blood of the Batonye , seasoned by the colorful expletives of the Jamettes and finally , sauteed over the fires of the retaliatory Cannes Brulees by the vicissitudes of aristocracy . Spanish speaking pockets still exist , and remote villages continue to use Patois (rustic French) and strongly flourish through their music and folk dances inherited from the Bamboula drum yards .

The culture of the majority of its inhabitants appears to be equilatterally of African and East Indian Heritage . French-Creole, Middle East , Chinese , Portugese and other exotic tongues (along with their culinary delights and customs) are also well represented . Further - The Creator's palette of colors is enjoyed through coalessence , rendering some of the most beautiful  people in the universe - all reflections of these multi-faceted irridescent sparklers .

Much of this copious pot-pouri is derived from an interchange with Tobago , the sister isle , making the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago , furthest south of the Caribbean Islands , among the most charming and blessed in the world.  [smiley=rolleyes.gif] [smiley=tongue.gif] [smiley=cheesy.gif]

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*I haven't read all of the previous  words and meanings , so if I may have repeated anything from before ...I am quite sorry .*

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A
ACCOUTREMENT -- Garb, dress, especially when ridiculous , absurd . Dressed to the hilt . Bits & pieces .

AIYO -- Goodbye , farewell .

AH FUS AH --Too much overdone

B
BABASH -- Rum soaked sponge cake

BACRA JOHNNY -- Ferry , boat (Johnny-Journey)

BAGANANYA -- Trifling , frivoulous , chatter . Bagatelle --Trinkets , trifles , bits & pieces .

BAHUT -- Cabinet , chest , trunk .

BAMSEE (Bamboula) -- African Dance .

BACHAC -- Jovial , living together .

BATI --Saddled with a pack .

BATTAI -- Stick , staff .

BAZODEE -- To daze , dumbfound , stun .

BEAU YELLE -- Beautiful , handsome

BEH-BEH -- Baby , baby doll .

BELAIR -- Prettily , charming , softly , gently .

BETOUGE --Beast Savage .

BETTY GOATEE -- Animal , fool , stupid creature .

BICHE -- Hide in the Bush .

BISQUANKAY -- Outlandish , odd , strange .

BOBBOL -- Lie , tall story .

BOBOLEE -- Hurt , pain .

BOIS -- wood .

BOLEE -- Bowl , basin .

BOMBAY -- Convex , arched , hump-backed .

BONCHEZ -- Too much , expensive .

BOUF -- To puff the cheeks in anger .

BORDAGE -- Border

BOSE , BOSE BACK -- Hump , hunch , lump , bump .

BO-TAY -- Boots , To kick (up heels) .

BOUGE -- Middle class , master , mistress .

BOU'EILLE D'FEU -- Bottle of Fire .

BRAM -- To make noisy , sound (bell) of deer in heat .

BRAVE-DANGE -- To be brave in the face of danger .

BUFOOTOO -- A young buffalo .

BULL-DE-MAS -- Bubble of the stock

C
CADENCE -- Rhythm , time in dancing .

CALLALOU -- Mangle (LOURD-Thick lumpy).

CALINDA -- Cajole, coax , bait .

CALPET -- To box the ears of

CANBOULAY -- Cane Burning

CARGO -- Tramp , vagrant

CARRE -- Square "La Couray" . The squaring off to fight .

CASCADOUX -- Helmet , shell (DOUX--sweet , soft) .

CATSPRADDLE -- Waterfall

CATTA -- Knot of hair on head .

CHANTWELL -- Sing , read in a sing song tone .

CHINEE -- Caterpillar

CHATAIGNE -- Chestnut , Breadnut .

CHIRRUP-CHIRRUP -- Driblet , bit , shred .

CHOOF-CHOOF -- Breath , puff of air .

CHOOK , JOOK (African CHOC) -- Blow , conflict , oppositition . Remove by force .

CHOU POULE -- Hole , orifice (POULE --hen , chicken).

CHOUTAH -- To pet, cuddle, spoil rotten .

CHUT -- Hush .

COCOTTE --Chicken .

COLIBRI -- Humming Bird .

COMME CI COMME CA -- So-so , Indifference .

COMPERE -- Crony , pal , partner in crime .

COUNOU MOUNOU -- Well known , animal for riding .

COMMESSE -- Gossip .

CORBEAU -- Carrion Crow .

COSKEL -- Odd , laughable , comical .

COSKOROB -- Lazy .

COUPE CI COUPE LA -- Cut both ways .

COTE CE COTE LA -- (ce) this, that (la)The, her (ci) Here, now (la)There then

COUPION -- Rump .

COUYON -- Stingy, disgusting .

CANAILLE -- scum of the earth .

COVERTE POCHAM -- Hidden secret . Pot .

CHAMBRE A COUCHER -- Bedroom .

CRAPAUD -- Toad, flaw in diamond, ugly

CRAVATE -- Ruffle of neck feathers of birds, neck tie

CRENNEH -- To crush, squash, bruise, overwhelm

CREPSOLE --Thin syntethic rubber

(to be continued)
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #25 on: November 20, 2004, 03:54:16 AM »

(continued)

D

DAME LORRAINE -- (DAME) Married Lady . (LORETTE) Woman of easy virtue .

DANJAY -- Last finishing .

DATWAN -- Dental .

DAVEN -- Nincompoop .

DIRE-DIRE -- To stay on course , slow but sure .

DEMBLEE -- Immediately , repeat (In whe-whe) .

DEPUIS -- Since , for; from , after .

DERIVE -- To drift , go off course .

DIMANCHE GRAS -- Sunday; Fat, rich .

DINGOLAY -- Mad , crazy .

DINGUER -- To fling away .

DOR DOR -- To sleep .

DOUEN -- (Eastern Nigeria ) Gifted , endowed with .

DOUX DOUX -- Sweet Sweet .

E

EH BIEN OUI DON DON -- Allyuh listen to dis . Yeh lemme give yuh dis good one .(excitement when starting up and interesting story , usually a gossip) .

EBLOUIR -- To dazzle , fascinate

EVAOUIA -- Ruffled .

EXANTE -- Skin rash (to behave rashly) S'exposer --To expose oneself .

F

FATIGUE -- Tiring , wearisome .

FETE -- Feast , etertainment , merry-making .

FINI -- Fine , thin, slender .

FLAMBEAU -- Torch , candle , link . FLAMME/flame . BEAU/beautiful , nice , good .

FOUINE -- To show off .

FOUFOUYEH -- Frivolous .

FOUNKIE -- Funky

FUMET -- Dung of deer .

FOUTIE -- A good chance .

FOUTAISE -- Nonsense , rubbish .

FROUPSY -- A thin wash of color . Scum .

G

GAMBAGE -- Skip , antic , gambol .

GAREBO -- Tighten , strangle .

GASKANE -- To brag

GI-GI/REE -- Restless , Jittery .

GILL-GILL -- clown , ninny , simpleton .

GINGUER -- To jump , fling , gambol .

GRAPPE -- cluster of , Bunch

GRATATAN -- Extra(pay)

GRE-GRE -- African  amulet .

GROS JEAN -- Country man , bumkin

GROS MICHELLE -- Man who pays for a short time .

GUABIN -- Spawned Herring .

GUFF -- To inflate .

GUILPIN -- The head chopper offer .

GUNDY -- To go around , to embrace .

GENER -- To squeeze .

H
HALE -- Tow rope .

HAPOSITE -- About turn ,opposite .

HASECARA -- To hatchet .

HECRIE --hectic .

HOTOTO -- Basketful

HOUNCH -- Blow from elbow

HUILLE -- Oil . To move like oil .

I
IRON DOUGLE -- Spanish Pistol (shot).

J

JACK SPANIA -- Wasp.

JAGABAT -- Old time , Bat is nocturnal .

JAMET -- Employ , Enjoy .

JOOK -- Remove by force . A blow .

JOUVAY -- Daybreak , Opening .

JUMBIE -- Phanthom , ghost .

K
KABA-KABA -- Peajacket ; Hooded oilskin raincoat .

KILKETAY -- Tilted , sloped .

KISKADEE -- What's the matter ? What did he say ?

KYOW -- Marble quarry .

(to be continued )
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #26 on: January 04, 2005, 12:41:37 AM »

I read that because so many africans were from different tribes that they couldn't communicate with eachother so the only language they could use was those of the slave master's. But I think one of the most dominent tribes spoke a certain french dialect so thats why alot of words are similar to french...
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #27 on: January 24, 2005, 12:41:31 AM »

where u guys git dis stuff
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #28 on: March 25, 2005, 05:02:35 PM »

we trod  JAH earth  to allways advance I and I  wisdom
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Re: Rasta/Patois Dictionary
« Reply #29 on: April 14, 2005, 05:08:08 PM »

I learned how to speak patois from both sides ah I family. Mi mom speaks Patois and mi fadda used to speak Creole. So when I speak Patois, I sound more like a Belizean dan a Jamaican.
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