Slang expression originally used to describe a southern city in Jamaica called Portmore (hometown of Jamaican DJ Vybz Kartel). Nowadays is used to refer to a crew/movement started by Vybz Kartel which featured popular Jamaican entertainers such as Popcaan and Tommy Lee.
Patois: Mek mi tell yu bout Gaza
English: Let me tell you about Portmore
Patois: Mi luv yuh suh much
English: I love you so much
Patois: Mi an mi fren dem a guh
English: Me and my friends are going
Fire a blank
Slang expression for pointing one’s finger in the shape of a gun and using one’s mouth to mimic the sound made when a shot is fired from a gun. This action is usually done when one is in agreement with something thing that was said.
Patois: Buss a blank if yuh agree seh man fi stop bleach dem skin
English: Fire a blank if you agree that men should stop bleaching their skin
I’m taking it easy
Not to worry or stress; to relax and keep everything under control. This response is normally given when someone ask how you are doing
Patois: Man1: “How yuh stay?” Man2: “Mi a gwaan easy ”
English: Man1: “How are you?” Man2: “I’m taking it easy ”
Patois: Yuh a eediat
English: You are an idiot
I'm a player
Slang expression used to state that one is skilled at manipulating and seducing women.
Patois: Man a gallis, mi hav gal inna every location weh mi guh
English: I'm a player, I have girls in every location that I go
Mi deh yah means l'm here
Patois: Dem think mi did gaawn but mi deh yah same way
English: They think I was gone but I'm still here
Gunshots are firing
Slang term used to state that gunshots are being fired. The literal translation of this phrase would be "gunshots are bursting". The term "buss" means burst, so the term came about when describing the loud bursting/explosive sound a bullet makes when being fired from a gun.
Patois: Shot a buss round deh suh right now!
English: Gunshots are firing around there right now!
Patois: Mi wish yuh did call
English: I wish you had called
Everything is ok
Greeting response used to state that everything is ok. This expression can also be used as a question as in “Everything criss?” which translates to “Is everything ok?”
Patois: Everything criss? Mi neva si yuh a class yestideh
English: Is everything ok? I didn’t see you at class yesterday
Take by storm
To have rapid and extraordinary success in a particular place or with a particular group of people.
Patois: Di Dj mash up di place laas nite
English: The DJ took the place my storm last night