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gyallawas

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Definition

The Jamaica giant galliwasp is a species of lizard in the Anguidae family. It was endemic to Jamaica.



Example Sentences

Patois: Im ah lyad, nuh gyallawas nuh deh bout yah.
English: He is a liar, there is no galliwasp around here.

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How to Speak Jamaican Patois

June 22, 2013

Although the official language of Jamaica is Standard English, many Jamaicans also speak Patois which is a separate dialect/language. Jamaican Patois (also known as “Patwa”, “Patwah” or “Jamaican Creole”) is the language that is used by most Jamaicans in casual everyday conversations while Standard English is normally reserved for professional environments.


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bumaye bumaya

June 20, 2018

Definition

An expression of greeting. Could also used in the context of telling someone you agree with them and others as well.


Example Sentences

Patois: Bumaye bumaya, mi nuh matta dem, caah di hittey-tittey and di zutopeng a go die same way.
English: Greetings greetings, I don't care about them because the rich and classy and the poor will die.


posted by CongoKalungaGangalee
tawk up di tings dem

June 18, 2018

English Translation

Say them as they are.


Definition

Say them as they are.


Example Sentences

Patois: Mi a tawk up e tings dem, my Yute... a neva a guh tell nuh lie.
English: I am saying them as they are, my boy... I will never tell a lie.


posted by CongoKalungaGangalee
zum

June 18, 2018

English Translation

whip!


Definition

To move past something at a high speed


Example Sentences

Patois: Di kyar just go so zum, him gaan!
English: The car just whipped passed, there, he is gone.


posted by CongoKalungaGangalee
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