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nanny

nanny  n.— «I remember the first time I saw a Jamaican $100 bill. It was at home in St. Thomas and an “uncle’ was visiting from the United States.…I do not know when the $100 became a “bills,” as it is commonly...

bills

bills  n.— «I remember the first time I saw a Jamaican $100 bill. It was at home in St. Thomas and an “uncle’ was visiting from the United States.…I do not know when the $100 became a “bills,” as it is commonly...

turn someone over

turn someone over  v. phr.— «Too public, it seems. The Mail on Sunday, in Fleet Street parlance, turned him over. Treating him like an errant soap star over two pages, it sunk its fangs into the English divorcee, highlighting his glamorous...

browning

browning  n.— «The assumptions are that beauty is not obviously black; although, in the context of Jamaica, and perhaps the rest of the English-speaking Caribbean, it is not overtly Caucasian and aquiline. Something in between translates...

wash-belly

wash-belly  n.— «Hyacinth “Iya” Archibald’s world was uplifted, when on September 25, 1978, her last child (in Jamaican patois called “wash-belly”) Ricardo “Bibi” Gardner was born.» —“Boy wonder...

grey-back

grey-back  n.— «This wasn’t some callow youth adjusting to the exigencies of cruel Fate that saw a father die before his time and mother grappling, appropriately or inappropriately, with that loss; he was an adult—“grey-back,” in our...