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Running belly

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English Translation

Diarrhea



Example Sentences

Patois: Mi nuh waah nuh mo curry goat, it gi mi running belly last week
English: I don’t want any more curried goat, it gave me diarrhea last week

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Banana boat

April 11, 2014

Definition

Slang term for a boat or ship that is used to transport immigrants from the Caribbean to first world countries such as the England, United States or Canada. The ships were primarily used to transport bananas from the Caribbean but would also offer passage for anyone from Caribbean going to the returning country (America, England etc…) at a cheaper cost than normal passenger ships.


Example Sentences

Patois: Mi nah guh lie, a banana boat mi grandfada tek come a Merika
English: I’m not going to lie, it was a banana boat my grandfather took to come to America


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Big tings a gwaan

April 11, 2014

English Translation

Big things are happening


Definition

Great, life changing events are happening


Example Sentences

Patois: Mi hear yuh tun manijah, big tings a gwaan fi yuh mi bredda
English: I heard that you’ve become a manager, big things are going on for you my brother


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Big yard

April 11, 2014

English Translation

A large tenement


Example Sentences

Patois: Di wul a unuh cyaah stay yah, mi nah run nuh big yard
English: The all of you cannot stay here, I’m not running a tenement


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Funny Jamaican Translations

March 5, 2014

English : Hi Suzie! It’s been a long time since I have seen you girl. Patois : But wait! Suzie? Gal yuh nuh dead yet? (But wait! Suzie? Girl, I thought you’d be dead by now). English : He is not too bright. Patois : Geesas Christ! What a bwoy Dunce. (Jesus Christ! This boy is a dunce)


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