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1. Gaza


Definition

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.


Example Sentences

Patois: Mek mi tell yu bout Gaza
English: Let me tell you about Portmore



posted on August 5, 2013

2. Luv yuh


English Translation

Love you


Example Sentences

Patois: Mi luv yuh suh much
English: I love you so much



posted on February 1, 2020

3. fren dem


English Translation

friends


Example Sentences

Patois: Mi an mi fren dem a guh
English: Me and my friends are going



posted on January 10, 2020

4. Buss a blank


English Translation

Fire a blank


Definition

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.


Example Sentences

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



posted on September 23, 2013

5. Mi a gwaan easy


English Translation

I’m taking it easy


Definition

Not to worry or stress; to relax and keep everything under control. This response is normally given when someone ask how you are doing


Example Sentences

Patois: Man1: “How yuh stay?” Man2: “Mi a gwaan easy ”
English: Man1: “How are you?” Man2: “I’m taking it easy ”



posted on November 11, 2013

6. Eediat


English Translation

idiot


Example Sentences

Patois: Yuh a eediat
English: You are an idiot



posted on September 10, 2013

7. Man a Gallis


English Translation

I'm a player


Definition

Slang expression used to state that one is skilled at manipulating and seducing women.


Example Sentences

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



posted on January 30, 2014

8. Mi deh yah


English Translation

l'm here


Definition

Mi deh yah means l'm here


Example Sentences

Patois: Dem think mi did gaawn but mi deh yah same way
English: They think I was gone but I'm still here



posted on July 29, 2014

9. Shot a buss


English Translation

Gunshots are firing


Definition

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.


Example Sentences

Patois: Shot a buss round deh suh right now!
English: Gunshots are firing around there right now!



posted on July 11, 2013

10. did call


English Translation

called


Example Sentences

Patois: Mi wish yuh did call
English: I wish you had called



posted on January 10, 2020

11. Everything criss


English Translation

Everything is ok


Definition

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?”


Example Sentences

Patois: Everything criss? Mi neva si yuh a class yestideh
English: Is everything ok? I didn’t see you at class yesterday



posted on November 11, 2013

12. Mash up di place


English Translation

Take by storm


Definition

To have rapid and extraordinary success in a particular place or with a particular group of people.


Example Sentences

Patois: Di Dj mash up di place laas nite
English: The DJ took the place my storm last night



posted on January 13, 2014