To show off
Patois: Wah mek him a flass suh?
English: Why is he showing of like that?
In this lesson we will be discussing the different types of responses to various Jamaican Greetings. If you haven’t already, please view the previous lesson on Jamaican Greetings before continuing. A few of the greetings responses I’ve listed below might have different meanings when not used in a greeting context so I’ve also listed their literal translation when they are not being used as a greeting.
From the heart
Used to describe vibrations from the heart
Patois: Yes Ras , strictly heartical vibes last night well crucial inna di dance Iyah !
English: Yes Rasta, strictly good vibes last night was well needed in the dance
Used to describe something completed to it's highest degree of perfection
Patois: Give thanks and praises for the fullness in the scriptures for it gives I N I strength to overcome evil
English: I am grateful for the completeness in the scriptures for it gives me strength to overcome evil
Greatness , very good , sweet or worthy
Used to describe something pleasing to oneself or something of goodness to be described
Patois: Yes! Reggae Dj Ras Tom Eye will be spinning crucial Classic cuts tonight in Negril, cum mek wi guh deh it will be total niceness guaranteed .
English: Yes! Reggae Dj Ras Tom Eye will be playing crucial classic songs tonight in Negril, come let us go there, it will be total greatness guaranteed