Jamaican Patois Translation Q to S

Learn to speak and understand Rasta Jamaican Patois

QUASHIE:
n. peasant, country bumpkin, coarse and stupid person; racial pejorative generic term for blacks; originally Twi name of a boy born on a Sunday
QUIPS:
1. nouns (from squips) a tiny piece or amount, 2. verb, the Jamaican art of washing clothes making a “squips-squips” sound
RAATID!:
a common mild expletive of surprise or vexation, as in “to raatid!”. It is likely a polite permutation of “ras”, a la “gosh” or “heck”
RAGGA:
A style of reggae that uses digital rhythms exclusively. A term sometimes used interchangably with dancehall, since the latter music has become heavily digitized as well
RAGGAMUFFIN:
jamaican ghetto dweller
RAM:
full up
RAM GOAT:
someone who deals with nuff ladies
RANKING:
highly respected
RAS or RASS:
backside, rump; a common curse is to rass! or rass clot! a title used by Rastafarians meaning “lord” or “head”
(TO) RAAS:
“really?”, “damn!”
RAST TAFARI:
the pre-coronation name of Emperor Haile Selassie I
RASTA, RASTAFARIAN:
a follower of Marcus Garvey who worships the Almighty in the person of Haile Selassie
RAT-BAT:
bat, the night-flying rodent
RATCHET:
a switchblade knife popular in Jamaica
RED:
1. very high on herb, 2. mulatto color
RED EYE:
to want another persons belonging, envious. “You too red eye”, meaning, you’re too envious
REGGAE:
Sometimes called “the King’s music” or “roots music”
RAHTID:
expression of surprise, or to be enraged. From biblical”wrothed”
RENK:
1. foul-smelling, raw-smelling, 2. out of order, impudent, as in a rank-imposter. “Yu too renk!”, fiesty

RHAATID:
a curse-exclamation, similar to “what the hell”, To rahtid —> Exclamination!!, i.e Wow! a milder form to Rass…excitement!!
RHYGIN:
adj. spirited, vigorous, lively, passionate with great vitality and force; also sexually provocative and aggressive. Probably a form of English raging
RIZZLA:
brand of rolling paper
ROCKERS:
reggae music reggae music as it is played today, the latest sound
ROOTS:
1. derived from the experience of the common people, natural indigenous, 2. a greeting, 3. name for a fellow Rasta
ROTI:
flat Indian pan breads
ROYAL, (RIAL):
n. offspring of some other race and black, ass in “Chiney-Rial,” “coolie-rial”; humorous as in “monkey-rial”
RUDE BOY:
a criminal, a hard hearted person, a tough guy
RUN-DUNG:
food cooked in coconut juice, obtained after grating the dry coconut meat and squeezing it in water, thus extracting the coconut cream
RUNNING BELLY:
diarrhea
RYAL:
royal
SAL’TING:
1. dishes cooked with saltfish or meat, 2. that part of the meal which is served with the “food” (starchy food, ground food), 3. by some strange extension, the female organ, often simply called “sal”. the food that goes with the rice, potatoes or starchy food; like calalloo, fish and sauce, sauces or gravy
SALT:
adjective, broke, empty-handed, low on funds or food, as in “tings salt” or “i’ salt”
SAMBO:
the colour between brown and black; someone who is a cross between a mullatto (brown) and a black
SAMFAI MAN:
trickster, conman
SHAMPATA:
n. sandal of wood or tire rubber. Span. zapato

SANFI:
A manipulator – dishonest person. A person that will sweet talk you out of love and money. “Dam Sanfi Bitch”
SANKEY:
n. religious song of a paticularly lugubrious tone, sung in the long or common meter. From Ira David Sankey, evangelist and hymnalist
SATA:
to rejoice, to meditate, to give thanks and praise
SATTA:
sit, rest, meditate (1) relax
(GO) SATTA:
claim how spiritual you are
SCIENCE:
obeah, witchcraft
SCIENTIST:
occult practitioner
SCOUT:
denoting inferior status
SCREECHIE:
to sneak by
SCREW:
to scowl, to be angry
SEEN:
I understand, I agree
SEEN?:
Do you understand?
SHAG:
home-cured tobacco, straight from the field
SHAKE OUT:
leave without haste, casually
SHEG (UP):
verb, to bother, as in “all sheg up”, all hot and bothered, or or spoiled up (as of work)
SHEG-UP:
to be messed up, ruined
SHEPHERD:
n. leader of revivalist cult; also proprietor of balmyard, healer and prophet
SHOOB:
to shove
SIDUNG:
sit down
SIGHT?:
do you understand?
SINKL-BIBLE:
the aloevera plant
SINSEMILLA, SENSIE:
popular, potent, seedless, unpollinated female strain of marijuana
SINTING:
something
SIPPLE:
slippery; slimy
SISTER, SISTREN:
a woman, a friend, woman Rastafarians

SITTIN’:
something
SKANK:
to dance to reggae music (1) to move with cunning, ulterior motives
SKIL:
kiln, as in “limeskil”
SKIN:
rolling paper
SKIN YOUR TEETH:
smile, plastic smile
SLABBA-SLABBA:
big and fat, slobby, droopy
SLACKNESS:
lewd, vulgar lyrics popular in DJ singing
SLACKY TIDY:
unkept or messy
SMADI:
somebody
SO-SO:
only, solely, unaccompanied, weak, pallid
SOFT:
not well done, amateurish; unable to cope. broke, no money
SOUNDBWOY:
usually a derogatory way to refer to the selecter or other personality in another sound system. This term is most often employed in clashes, on dub plates built for clashes, and so on. Sometimes it is not used in such a negative manner, but most of the time one refers to the someone in the crew as a soundman, not a boy
SOUND SYSTEM:
Huge mobile stereo setups manned by DJs, who became celebrities as they traveled Jamaica to host open-air dances
SPLIFF:
large, cone-shaped marijuana cigarette
SPRING:
to sprout, as of yams or cocos, making them inedible
STAR:
common term of affection, camaraderie
STEP:
to leave, to depart (1) briskly, quickly
STOOSH/STOSHUS:
upper class, high tone, “hitey-titey”
STRING UP:
a muscial rehearsal
STRUCTURE:
body, health
SU-SU:
gossip, the sound of wispering
SUFFERER:
a poor person stuggling to survive
SUPM, SINTING:
something

Acknowledgement

Thanks to some of the sources of this glossary...Reggae International, Stephen Davis, Peter Simon, R&B, 1982 - KSBR 88.5 FM, Laguna Beach, CA. Handout. - posted on rec.music.reggae - Mike Pawka, Jammin Reggae Archives Cybrarian - Understanding Jamaican Patois, L. Emilie Adams, Kingston - Richard Dennison/Michio Ogata - Glossary from "The Harder They Come" (Bo Peterson) - Norman Redington - The Beat - Allen Kaatz - Jah Bill (William Just) - Arlene Laing - Jennifer G. Graham - Norma Brown/Zoe Una Vella Veda - Richard V. Helmbrecht - Norman Stolzoff - Christopher Edmonds - Lisa Watson - Dr. Carolyn Cooper - Ras Adam - Chip Platt - Michael Turner from an article in "The Beat" - Nicky "Dread" Taylor - Simrete McLean - The Unofficial Web Site on Jamaica - Paul Mowatt - Carlos Culture - Liner Notes - Blood & Fire release: Jah Stitch:"Original Ragga Muffin", presumably Steve Barrow - Clinton Fearon -Original member of the Gladiators/ - Barbara Kennedy - Itations of Jamaica and i Rastafari - Phil "Bassy" Ajaj - Karlene Rogers - Dean Holland - Scottie Lake - Roger Steffen's Supersite - Sara Gurgen - Kevin Robison - Christopher Durning - Ronald E. Lam - Trainer Adams - Editor of Dub Missive magazine. - Karlene Rogers - Howard Henry - Messian Dread - Roger Steffens - Bunny Wailer (related to Roger Steffens) - Jahworks.org - Jamaican Handbook of Proverbs - www.jamaicans.com-The Reggae Box - Hip-O Records
A Great big thanks to Mike Pawka http://niceup.com/patois.txt

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