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1. Batty Gyal


English Translation

Dyke


Definition

Derogatory term used to refer to a homosexual female; it is derived from “batty man”, which is used to refer to a homosexual male


Example Sentences

Patois: Mi neva know seh Mary a batty gal until she try fi kiss mi last nite
English: I never knew that Mary was a dyke until she tried to kiss me last night



posted on July 15, 2013

2. Suck yuh madda


English Translation

Suck your mother


Definition

A very offensive curse phrase used to disrespect someone while indirectly, also disrespecting their mother. Although the literal meaning of this phrase is to go and suck one’s own mother, the actual meaning is similar to the curse phrase “Go f**k yourself”. Directing this phrase at some Jamaicans is often taken personally and will probably result in a fight.


Example Sentences

Patois: P**syhole, go suck yuh madda
English: Motherf**ker, go and f**k yourself



posted on September 24, 2013

3. Long-seed man


English Translation

Old man


Definition

A pejorative title use to refer to an elderly male


Example Sentences

Patois: Dis yah long seed man shoulda kno betta
English: Dis old man should of known better



posted on March 18, 2021

4. Ras


English Translation

Dreadlocks Man


Definition

Someone who wear’s dreadlocks (may also practice Rastology)


Example Sentences

(patois) Di rass deh inna di mango tree
(english) The dreadlocks man is in the mango tree



posted on April 25, 2013

5. Up suh


English Translation

Up there


Example Sentences

Patois: Yuh deh guh up suh likkle more?
English: Are you going up there later?



posted on February 23, 2017

6. Howdeedo


English Translation

How are you


Definition

This form of greeting is normally used by older people (50+ years old).


Example Sentences

Patois: Howdeedo, a lang time mi nuh si yuh
English: How are you? It’s been a long time since I last saw you



posted on November 11, 2013

7. Mi cum yah fi drink milk, mi no cum yah fi count cow


English Translation

I came here to drink milk, I didn’t come to count cows


Definition

This is a reminder that we should conduct business in a straightforward manner. It also means that you should deliver what you promise and not waste time talking about it.



posted on September 1, 2014

8. Squaddie


English Translation

Police Officer


Example Sentences

Patois: Di squaddie gone inna di house
English: The police officer went in the house



posted on March 28, 2021

9. Ku paan yuh tu


English Translation

Look at you


Definition

An expression of disgust, shock, or disbelief


Example Sentences

Patois: Ku paan yuh tu, yuh tink yuh big?
English: Look at you, do you think you're grown?



posted on June 8, 2013

10. Nuh


English Translation

Not


Definition

Means any of the following: no, not, isn’t.


Example Sentences

(patois) It nuh di deh
(english) It is not there



posted on April 25, 2013

11. Happy Eastah


English Translation

Happy Easter


Example Sentences

Patois: Happy Eastah mi fren
English: Happy Easter my friend



posted on April 4, 2021