Jamaican Patois Translation T to Z

Learn to speak and understand Rasta Jamaican Patois

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TACUMAH:
n. character in Anancy tales. Said to be the son of Anancy. Twin’ticuma
TAKARI/TANKARI:
stewed spicy pumpkin
TALL:
long
TALLOWAH:
adj. sturdy, strong, fearless, physically capable. From Ewe talala
TAM:
deep woolen hat, used by Dreads and Rastamen and sistren to cover their locks
TAMBRAN SWITCH:
n. a flail made from the wiry branches of the Tamarind tree, braided and oiled. Effective and much feared in the hands of Babylon
TAN’:
to stand; usually used in the sense of “to be”. “A so im tan”, “that is what he is like”; “tan deh!” or “yu tan deh!” means “just you wait!”. “Tan tedy”, stand steady, means “hold still”
TARRA-WARRA:
a polite way of expressing omitted bad words, a verbal asterisk
TATA:
n. father. Affectionate and respectful title for an old man. Fram many african languages. Ewe, Ge, N’gombe
TATU:
a little thatched hut, often made of bamboo
TEETH:
bullets

TEIF:
a theif, to steal
THE I:
pron.) -you, yourself, yours
THRU’:
because
TOAST:
(v.) – to rap or sing spontaneously over a dub track
TOTO:
coconut cake
TOPANORIS:
uptown snobby person, wealthy but mean behind it
TRACE:
to curse or speak abusively to someone
TRANSPORT:
vehicle
TUMPA:
from stump, as in “tumpa-foot man”, a one-foot man
TUNTI:
female organ
UNO/UNU:
you-all. pron. you, plural. In usage close to Afro-American y’awl. From Ibo unu, same meaning
UPFUL:
postitive, encouraging
UPHILL:
positive, righteous
UPTOWN:
the upper classes
VANK:
(v.) – to vanquish, conquer
VEX:
to get angry

WA DAY:
adverbial phrase, the other day
WA MEK?:
why?
WHAFEDOO:
we’ll have to (make) do or we’ll have to deal with it
WAKL:
wattle, a kind of woven bamboo work used to make house walls
WANGA-GUT:
hungry-belly
WARRA-WARRA:
politely omitted bad words, same as “tarra-warra”
WENCHMAN:
a kind of fish, “hail brother john, have you any wenchman?” (from “Row Fisherman Row”)
WEST INDIAN:
The term used to refer to the peoples and cultures of the Caribbean archipelago and parts of the Circum-Caribbean rimlands from present-day Belize to Jamaica in the Greater Antilles to Trinidad and Barbados in the Lesser Antilles
WH’APPEN?:
what’s happening?
WHATLEF:
What’s left over
WHEELS:
vehicle
WHOLE HEAPa lot.WINE:
“wine” appears in every West Indian dialect, and is literally a corruption of “wind.” It means to dance, sometimes seductively
WINJY:
thin and sickly looking

WIS:
vine, liana, from withe
WOLF:
a non-rasta deadlocks
WOOD:
penis
YA NUH SEE?:
you know?
YA:
hear, or here
YABBA:
a big clay pot
YAGA YAGA:
Dancehall slang. a way to big up a brethren; to express a greeting or attract attention, i.e. yo! or yush! true friend; bonafide; brethren
YAHSO:
here (place)
YAI:
eye
YARD:
home, one’s gates, tenement
YOUTH:
a child, a young man, an immature man
YUSH:
Yush talk is bad boy talk. Or it can be a way of saying “YO”. In other words it is a way for rude boys to hail each other up
ZION:
From a Rasta perspective, Zion refers broadly to Africa and more specifically to Ethiopia as the ancestral homeland of all black peoples
ZUNGU PAN:
zinc pan

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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