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Jamrocks

Jamrocks  n.— «Jamrocks (the word is Jamaican patois slang for the island country) is a funky little place.» —“It’s ’Marley and me’ at Jamrocks Grill” by Mary K. Means Bradenton...

kino

kino  n.— «“He needs to be going for kino!” an instructor grumbled. In the patois of the seduction industry, “kino” stands for “kinesthesia,” or touching. Something needed to be done! Something subtle but...

browning

browning  n.— «Some students once met a radio personality and marvelled that she was a “browning.” This host speaks the real Jamaican patois and they thought she would be “jet black.” Why? Because brownings don’t...

jiggy-vous

jiggy-vous  n.— « “Jiggy-vous.” That pie slice of French-Canadian patois was a favorite saying of the teenage Gordon Lightfoot. It means “all right.” » —“If you could read his mind” by Steve...

whining

whining  n.— «St Lucians usually only need the sound of two sticks beating together to start “whining”—around here that’s patois for “shakin’ your booty.”» —“Cricket carnival can’t cajole Castries” by Chris...

shotta

shotta  n.— «“Shottas,” a slick but dull new shoot-’em-up from Jamaica, doesn’t penetrate the mysteries of high-rolling, high-risk thug life. It perpetuates them. In the local patois, the title means “gangsta,” and...