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1. Ratchet


English Translation

Okapi knife


Definition

A folding pocket knife with a wooden blade and a ratcheting mechanism for locking


Example Sentences

Patois: Di police tek weh mi ratchet
English: The Police took away my pocket knife.



posted on November 24, 2013

2. Yah man


English Translation

Yes / Yeah


Example Sentences

Patois: Man1: “Yuh aright breddah?” Man2: “Yah man, mi irie”
English: Man1: “Are you ok brother?” Man2: “Yeah, I’m good”



posted on February 22, 2014

3. Bruk out


Definition

Slang expression used to describe someone who acts unruly or rebellious


Example Sentences

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



posted on October 8, 2013

4. Miggle day


English Translation

midday


Definition

the middle of the day; noon.


Example Sentences

Patois: Him wake miggle day
English: He awoke at midday



posted on July 9, 2020

5. Tan a yuh yaad


English Translation

Stay at home


Example Sentences

Patois: Yuh need fi tan a yuh yaad
English: Yuh need to stay at home



posted on August 11, 2020

6. Bak A Waal


English Translation

Slum


Definition

Low class society.


Example Sentences

Patois: ;Di ghetto gyal dem is from bak a waal
English: Those girls are from an underprivileged society



posted on April 5, 2014

7. boun fi


English Translation

sure to


Definition

something that is sure to happen


Example Sentences

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



posted on April 19, 2014

8. Force ripe


English Translation

Unnaturally mature


Definition

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.


Example Sentences

Patois: Dem likkle girl deh a just 14, dem force ripe
English: Those little girls there are just 14, they are unnaturally mature



posted on July 15, 2013

9. Big yard


English Translation

A large tenement


Example Sentences

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



posted on April 11, 2014

10. Grades


English Translation

Marijuana / Weed


Definition

Slang term for marijuana derived from the name given to a special type of marijuana known as “high grade”.


Example Sentences

Patois: Mi feel stress, mi a light up di grades
English: I’m feeling stress, I am going to smoke some weed



posted on March 18, 2014

11. Shell dung


English Translation

take by storm


Definition

Slang expression for doing something fantastic or to suddenly be very successful in a particular place or with a particular group of people.


Example Sentences

Patois: Di DJ shell dung di party
English: The DJ took the party by storm



posted on August 5, 2013

12. Bleach


Definition

to go without sleep usually because of excessive partying or any other fun activity


Example Sentences

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



posted on April 11, 2014