Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Learn a Lickle Bit a Jamaican

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)

 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!".
 means very much as in liking very much

COOL RUNNINGS : usually used at a time of departure on a long journey
meaning have a safe trip

CHI CHI MAN : a gay man 

BLOOD CLOT : curse words

BUGUYAGA : a sloppy, dirty person, like a bum or tramp

BREDREN : one's fellow male Rastas

BONG BELLY PICKNEY : a greedy child who ate too much.

BODERATION : Boderation comes from the word bother and that's
basically what it means. If something is a boderation
then it's a bother.

AGONY : the sensations felt during sex

 DARKERS : sunglasses

EASE-UP : to forgive, to lighten up



  • "Yu spread yu bed hard yu afe lie down in it"You make bad decisions therefore you have to live with the consequences.
  • "Yu a follow dog fi manners."It’s like what we would called a yes-man in North America
  • <"No problem man."
  • Everything is OK

  • "Cool no man."Can mean that you are in agreement with the person or that you should take it easy.
  • "Yu caan tun duck off a nest."Your life is not going anywhere, you’re just stagnant.
  • "Anywey it maga it pap off."This one usually goes well with budgeting. If you're spending a lot of money during hard times, and not earning more to replace it, one day you'll eventually run out.

    • "Mi no ina de lay lay ting."I don’t want to waste time.
    • "Irie"Everything is good. You feeling good.
    • "Noting nah gwan."Nothing is going on.
    • "Sell off."Let me use this in a sentence. I went to my friend's birthday party. Man! It "sell off!" That means that the party was super good.
    • "No sey noting."I’m in total agreement with you.
    • "Tek weh yu self."Leave the place, maybe the environment is not a good one.
    • "Anyting a anyting." It’s like an “I don’t care attitude.”
    • "Big man or Big woman." Does not mean the person is fat, there are two meaning to this one.

    Mi nuh kno (I don't know)

    Everyting criss (everything's cool)

    Nah vex mi (don't make me mad)

    Mi shame tree dead (I'm not easily embarassed)

    Yuh tink se mi bawn big? (Don't take me for a fool - I wasn't born yesterday)

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