JAMAICAN PATOIS Words and Phrases (PATWA)

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Some example Patwa words are found below:

A : prep. to as in “go a shop,” from Spanish
A GO : aux w/v. going to do, as in “Me a go tell him”
A DOOR : outdoors.
ACCOMPONG : n. name of Maroon warrior, Capt. Accompong, brother of Cudjo; also name of town. From the Twi name for the supreme deity
ACKEE : n. African food tree introduced about 1778. From Twiankye or Kru akee
AGONY : the sensations felt during sex
AKS : ask
ALIAS : adj. (urban slang) dangerous, violent
AMSHOUSE : poorhouse
AN : than
ARMAGEDDON : the biblical final battle between the forces of good and evil
ASHAM : n. Parched, sweetened, and ground corn. From twiosiam
BABYLON : 1. the corrupt establishment, the “system,” Church and State 2. the police, a policeman
BAD : good, great
BAD BWAI : (bad boy) 1. refering to a bold man; a compliment 2. One who has committed a crime. (rude bwai, ruddy, baddy) (31)
BADNESS : hooligan behavior, violence for its own sake
BAFAN : clumsy; awkward
BAFANG : a child who did not learn to walk the 1st 2-7 years.
BAG-O-WIRE : a betrayer
BAGGY : underpants for a woman or child.
BALMYARD : n. place where pocomania rites are held, healing is done, spells cast or lifted
BAKRA : white slavemaster, or member of the ruling class in colonial days. Popular etymology: “back raw” (which he bestowed with a whip.)
BALD-HEAD : a straight person; one without dreadlocks; one who works for babylon
BAMBA YAY : by and by
BAMBU : rolling paper
BAMMY : a pancake made out of cassava, after it has been grated and squeezed to remove the bitter juice.
BANDULU : bandit, criminal, one living by guile a BANDULU BIZNESS is a racket, a swindle.
BANGARANG : hubbub, uproar, disorder, disturbance.
BANKRA : a big basket, including the type which hangs over the sides of a donkey.
BANS : from bands; a whole lot, a great deal, nuff, whole heap.
BANTON : a storyteller
BASHMENT : party, dance, session
BAT : butterfly or moth. English bat, the flying rodent, is a rat-bat.
BATTY : bottom; backside; anus.
BATTYBWOY : a gay person
BEAST : a policeman
BEEF : desirable woman
BEENIE : little
BEX : vex (verb), or vexed (adjective).
BHUTTU (BUHTUH) : an uncouth, out of fashion, uncultured person Use: Wey yu a go inna dem deh cloze? Yu fayva buttu
BIG BOUT YAH : Large and in charge. Superlative indicating status (power, fame, money, talent, etc) within some social group
BISCUIT : a particularly attractive woman
BISSY : cola nut.
BOOPS/BOOPSIE : Boops is a man, often older, who supports a young woman; boopsie refers to a kept woman
BLACK UP : To smoke weed. Like somene would ask “You Black up today?” Meaning did you smoke today?
BLACKHEART MAN : a rascal, a hooligan
BLOUSE AND SKIRT : common exclamation of surprise.
BLY : chance, “must get a bly”, “must get a chance”.
BOASIE : adj. proud, conceited, ostentatious. Combination of English boastful and Yoruba bosi-proud and ostentatious
BOASIN TONE : Swollen penis or testicles
BOBO : fool.
BOBO DREAD : a rastafarian sect based on the teachings of Prince Emanuel Edwards distinguished by turbin-like headdresses, flowing white robes and communal living
BODERATION : Boderation comes from the word bother and that’s basically what it means. If something is a boderation then it’s a bother.
BONG BELLY PICKNEY : a greedy child who ate too much.
BOONOONOONOUS : Meaning wonderful.
BOX : To smack or to hit in the face.
BRAA : from BREDDA; brother.
BRAATA : a little extra; like the 13th cookie in a baker’s dozen; or an extra helping of food. In musical shows it has come to be the encore.
BREDREN : one’s fellow male Rastas
BRINDLE : to be angry
BRINKS : title given to a man who is supplying a woman with money
BUBU : fool.
BUCKY : home-made gun slave
BUCKY MASSA : master over the slaves
BUD : bird.
BUFU-BUFU : fat, swollen, blubbery; too big; clumsy or lumbering.
BUGUYAGA : a sloppy, dirty person, like a bum or tramp.
BULL BUCKA : a bully
BULLA : a comon sugar and flour cookie or small round cake, sold everywhere in Jamaica.
BUMBA CLOT, (TO GET) BUN : to have one’s spouse or girl/boy-friend cheat on oneself, to be cheated out of something
RAS CLOT, BLOOD CLOT : curse words
BUCK UP : meet
BUMBO : bottom; backside. A common curse word, especially in combination with CLOT (cloth), a reference to the days before toilet paper.
BUTOO : a person of no class
BUN : burn
BUNGO : n. racially pejorative. Crude, black, ignorant, boorish person. From Hausa bunga-bumpkin, nincompoop
BUNKS : to knock or bump against, from “to bounce”
BUNKS MI RES : catch my rest, take a nap.
BWOY : Boy

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