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1. Pepper light


English Translation

Fairy lights


Definition

Small lights, sometimes associated with spiritual presences


Example Sentences

Patois: Pepper light flicker when duppy near.
English: The fairy lights flicker when a ghost is near.



posted on June 12, 2024


2. Guh chru


English Translation

Go through


Definition

To proceed through an area or opening


Example Sentences

Patois: Guh chru di door an tun lef
English: Go through the door and turn left



posted on June 12, 2024


3. Naseberry Bwoy


English Translation

Fruit bat


Definition

A type of bat that eats fruits


Example Sentences

Patois: Naseberry bwoy dem a fly out a dusk.
English: The fruit bats are flying out at dusk.



posted on June 12, 2024


4. Buckit


English Translation

Bucket


Definition

A container for carrying liquids


Example Sentences

Patois: Fetch some wata inna di buckit.
English: Fetch some water in the bucket.



posted on June 12, 2024


5. Chofa


English Translation

Chauffeur


Definition

A person employed to drive a private or hired car


Example Sentences

Patois: Mi chofa a wait fi mi outsaid.
English: My chauffeur is waiting for me outside.



posted on June 12, 2024


6. Mawga Dawg


English Translation

Skinny dog


Definition

A term for a thin dog


Example Sentences

Patois: Dat mawga dawg need some food.
English: That skinny dog needs some food.



posted on June 11, 2024






7. Bredfruit


English Translation

Breadfruit


Definition

A large round starchy fruit


Example Sentences

Patois: Roast di bredfruit pon di fire.
English: Roast the breadfruit on the fire.



posted on June 11, 2024


8. Obeah book


English Translation

Spellbook


Definition

A book containing spells and incantations


Example Sentences

Patois: Him find di obeah book hidden under di floorboard.
English: He found the spellbook hidden under the floorboard.



posted on June 11, 2024


9. Mek a rite


English Translation

Make a right


Definition

To turn right


Example Sentences

Patois: Mek a rite turn by di big mango tree
English: Make a right turn by the big mango tree



posted on June 11, 2024


10. oonu


English Translation

You all


Definition

Second person plural subject pronoun


Example Sentences

Patois: Oonu dem happy?
English: Are you all happy?



posted on June 10, 2024


11. Mek a lef


English Translation

Make a left


Definition

To turn left


Example Sentences

Patois: Yuh ago need fi mek a lef at di next junction
English: You will need to make a left at the next junction



posted on June 10, 2024


12. Roun’aback


English Translation

Backyard


Definition

The area behind a house


Example Sentences

Patois: Wi a plant yam inna di roun’aback.
English: We are planting yams in the backyard.



posted on June 10, 2024