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A Creole-dominant speaker will choose a higher variety for formal occasions like official business or a wedding speech, and a lower one for relating to friends; a Standard English-dominant speaker is likely to employ a lower variety when shopping at the market than at their workplace.

Code-switching can also be metacommunicative as when a Standard-dominant speaker switches to a more heavily basilect-influenced variety in an attempt at humor or to express solidarity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Jamaican Patois. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. June Learn how and when to remove this template message. Patrick , Urban Jamaican Creole. Variation in the Mesolect. PhD dissertation, University of Freiburg. Dialects and accents of Modern English by continent. Varieties by geographic location. Abercraf Cardiff Gower Port Talbot. Bermuda Falkland Islands Guyana.

Click on a coloured area to see an article about English in that country or region. List of countries by English-speaking population List of countries where English is an official language. Set a Rat's tail on fire and he's thinks there's a cool breeze. Used to describe someone or something the system for example that is clueless.

This metaphor extends very well to all manner and sort of do-gooding and should be considered before any hasty acts of charity! It's a barnyard analogy akin to the grass is always greener, but much coarser, noting that the sweet foliage avidly sought out by the nanny goat gives it diarrhea running belly.

It's a blunt way of warning someone off temptation. The topic is social chaos. Also, "come bad in de morning can't come good a evenin'", and the even more pessimistic "every day bucket go a well, one day di bucket bottom mus drop out".

The child must "creep before him walk". And remember, "one one coco fill up a basket", take it easy and fill up your shopping basket one item at a time.

Even if disaster strikes your home it's always possible that all may not be lost. A remimder to conduct business in a straightforward manner. A truly comic image if you've ever been to the zoo, and comforting to any of us whose backs have been used as a stepping-stone for someone else's success.

A profoundly witty statement that sums up any number of current situations, including the state of today's music. A Jamaican who's never been off the island but still acts like a big shot. In JA they use tools similar to garden hoe. Theyuse it to make yam hill - we use it to make path. There are different sizes for different chores. So it can also mean that there is someone out there for everyone. So who colt the game? So one could say "Don't play tea tar toe with me" to mean "Don't toy with me" , etc.

And the field workers, being poor, wear a kind of cheap flip flop called a "booga wooga. Pure trickery going on. So if you want to get any good out deh, you have to go out deh and get that runny nose. You have to be in the cold. So your nose a fe run. You may not be able to put in all at the same time. Coco is an edible tuber which helps to give body to a good pot of soup.

Do not expect to achieve success overnight. The saying comes from the analogy of an egg. The phrase is usually said to someone who has overcome many challenges to achieve their goals.

The message in this expression is to seize all opportunities that come within your reach. The phrase indicates that the speaker is serious about the task at hand and can also be said as a caution to others not to underestimate their abilities. The phrase is often used in reacting to a series of unfortunate events or when someone experiences a major disappointment.

From the Twi name for the supreme deity 7. Yu fayva buttu Superlative indicating status power, fame, money, talent, etc within some social group Combination of English boastful and Yoruba bosi-proud and ostentatious 7. From Hausa bunga-bumpkin, nincompoop 7. From Twi fene-to vomit; Fante fena-to be troubled; Lumba feno-to faint 7.

Ironic reference to social and economic conditions of the masses 7. From combination of English curse or cuss, and Twi kasa kasa-to dispute verbally 7. From Twi akom-to be possessed and ana-by an ancestor 7. From Spanish cimmaron- untamed, wild 7. A Jamaican footballer has reportedly been handed a nine-month ban for doping, while the doctor who administered the substance was suspended for four years by global football governing body FIFA.

Jamaican footballer, team doctor banned for doping. It provides that Jamaican law enforcement officers may monitor phone conversations for joint investigations if authorized by Jamaican courts. In criminal case where the prosecutor introduced foreign wiretap evidence, the Second Circuit finds that the Fourth Amendment does not require U.

City celebrates Jamaican independence. Golden hopes for Jamaica's parties. Some of the world's top sports stars have been travelling in style after MG supplied a fleet of vehicles to the Jamaican and USA Track and Field training camps. MG flies the Jamaican flag for Olympic team training in the city. Chinese Jamaican restaurant located at the center of two of the most concentrated Jamaican ethnic populations in Miami-Dade County.


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