A folding pocket knife with a wooden blade and a ratcheting mechanism for locking
Patois: Di police tek weh mi ratchet
English: The Police took away my pocket knife.
Yes / Yeah
Patois: Man1: “Yuh aright breddah?” Man2: “Yah man, mi irie”
English: Man1: “Are you ok brother?” Man2: “Yeah, I’m good”
Slang expression used to describe someone who acts unruly or rebellious
Patois: Eva since Mary meet the pickney dem a skool she bruk out
English: Ever since Mary met the kids at school she got rebellious
the middle of the day; noon.
Patois: Him wake miggle day
English: He awoke at midday
Stay at home
Patois: Yuh need fi tan a yuh yaad
English: Yuh need to stay at home
Low class society.
Patois: ;Di ghetto gyal dem is from bak a waal
English: Those girls are from an underprivileged society
something that is sure to happen
Patois: Him did boun fi crash kaaz him eva deh drive faas
English: He was sure to crash because he’s is always driving fast
Expression used to describe young girls, normally in their early or mid-teens; who dress, act or present themselves to look older than they actually are. They’re normally involved in adult activities such as sex, alcohol consumption, smoking and attending adult parties.
Patois: Dem likkle girl deh a just 14, dem force ripe
English: Those little girls there are just 14, they are unnaturally mature
A large tenement
Patois: Di wul a unuh cyaah stay yah, mi nah run nuh big yard
English: The all of you cannot stay here, I’m not running a tenement
Marijuana / Weed
Slang term for marijuana derived from the name given to a special type of marijuana known as “high grade”.
Patois: Mi feel stress, mi a light up di grades
English: I’m feeling stress, I am going to smoke some weed
take by storm
Slang expression for doing something fantastic or to suddenly be very successful in a particular place or with a particular group of people.
Patois: Di DJ shell dung di party
English: The DJ took the party by storm
to go without sleep usually because of excessive partying or any other fun activity
Patois: Mi nah cum a class todeh bekaaz mi did a bleach laas nite
English: I am not coming to class today because I stayed up all night