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1. fenkeh fenkeh


English Translation

choosy


Definition

to be excessively particular, demanding or hard to please


Example Sentences

(patois) Yu cyaan be too fenkeh fenkeh if yu waah a job right away
(english) You can't be too choosy if you want a job right away



posted on April 29, 2013

2. A nuh everything gud fi eat gud fi talk


English Translation

Not everything that's worth eating is worth talking about


Definition

Not everything one hears should be repeated



posted on July 14, 2019

3. Braff


English Translation

Showing off


Definition

Somebody showing off something; mainly themselves. It is derived from the joining of the words brag and show off,


Example Sentences

Patois: John braff wul nite ah di paati
English: John showed off all night at the party



posted on July 3, 2019

4. did call


English Translation

called


Example Sentences

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



posted on January 10, 2020

5. 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

6. Lawd


English Translation

Lord


Example Sentences

Patois: Dear Lawd, please protect mi fram mi enemy dem
English: Dear Lord, please protect me from my enemies



posted on November 19, 2013

7. Rasta


English Translation

Rastafarian


Definition

Slang expression used to refer to a persons that wears dreadlocks and is a Rastafarian


Example Sentences

Patois: When did yuh become a rasta?
English: When did you become a Rastafarian?



posted on September 8, 2013

8. A wah duh dem


English Translation

What's wrong with them / What's their problem


Example Sentences

Patois: Wah mek dem a luk pan mi, a wah duh dem?
English: Why are they looking at me, what's their problem?



posted on July 18, 2015

9. Butu


Definition

A person who has little or no social graces or manners. Being a butu is completely independent of your social class. Professor Rex Nettleford once correctly said, "A butu in a Benz is still a butu."


Example Sentences

Patois: "Look pon da gyal deh how she a c**k up har foot inna di people dem good-up good-up restaurant! She butu, eeh?
English: Look at that girl, why isn't her foot on the ground in the owners beautiful restaurant! She doesn't have any manners



posted on March 7, 2017

10. Dupes


English Translation

Homeboy


Definition

Slang expression used to refer to a close friend. This term is usually preceded with “mi” as in “mi dupes”.


Example Sentences

Patois: Mi and mi dupes a go a party tonite
English: Me and my homeboy are going to the club tonight



posted on August 5, 2013

11. Gud Nite


English Translation

Good Night


Example Sentences

Patois: Gud nite, weh yuh ah duh?
English: Good night, what are you doing?



posted on December 29, 2016

12. Niyabinggy


English Translation

Soldier


Definition

Ethiopian soldiers who fought and defeated Italian forces in the later part of the nineteenth century.


Example Sentences

Patois: Wi ah gwaan chant fi di Niyabinggy tonight
English: We are going to chant for the soldier tonight



posted on July 21, 2014