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Rastafarian slang used to describe food that is in its natural state; does that contain any artificial elements. This term is also used to describe food that is cooked with very little or no salt.

Example Sentences

Patois: Bredrin, mi nuh waah nuh ital callaloo
English: Brethren, I don’t want any calalloo without salt on it

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How to Respond to Greetings in Jamaican Patois

November 12, 2013

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.

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April 28, 2017

English Translation



Slang for general; someone who is highly respected or in charge

Example Sentences

Patois: Wah gwaan genna, everyting gud?
English: What's up general, is everything ok?

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Pop style

April 27, 2017

English Translation

show off


Make a deliberate or pretentious display of one's abilities or accomplishments.

Example Sentences

Patois: Shi get har money suh shi a pop style
English: She got her money so she's showing off

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April 22, 2017

English Translation



A nickname for Manchester; a parish in Jamaica. The "Man" is replace by "Gyal" to denote the abundance of women in this area

Example Sentences

Patois: Yow bredda, yuh a cum a Gyalchester tomorrow?
English: Hey brother, are you coming to Manchester tomorrow?

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