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1. so cow a grow so him nose hole a hoppen


English Translation

The more a cow grows, the more it's nostrils opens


Definition

The more you grow, the better you become with knowledge and experience. You get better as you practise.


Example Sentences

Patois: so cow a grow so him nose hole a h'oppen, Yu nuh see seh we a get betta everyday?
English: You get better with knowledge and experience as you grow, Don't you see that we get better everyday?



posted on April 3, 2019
2. bumaye bumaya


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 on June 20, 2018
3. tawk up di tings dem


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 on June 18, 2018

4. zum


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 on June 18, 2018
5. hungry have mi


English Translation

I am hungry


Definition

To be in a state of hunger


Example Sentences

Patois: Mi cyaah wait fi nuh man, mi a nyam di food right yah now, hungry have mi
English: I can't wait for anyone, I am eating the food right now, I am hungry.



posted on December 27, 2016