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Origin of the Word Reggae

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A New York City listener enjoys the music played between segments of our show, particularly the reggae tunes, and wonders about the origin of the word reggae. This musical form was popularized by the Jamaican band Toots and the Mayfield, and may be related to the Jamaican patois term streggae, meaning “a loose woman.” A great resource for learning about the English spoken in Jamaica is the Dictionary of Jamaican English. This is part of a complete episode.

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