Rasta/Patois Dictionary.

           Updated and Corrected by Richard Dennison, 8/3/93
           Edited by Michio Ogata, 		      8/6/93
	   Updated by Mike Pawka		      5/5/95

      Sources: 1. Reggae International, Stephen Davis, Peter Simon, R&B, 1982
               2. KSBR 88.5 FM, Laguna Beach, CA. Handout.
      	       3. posted on rec.music.reggae
       	       4. reggae archives maintainer (mike pawka)
       	       5. Understanding Jamaican Patois, L. Emilie Adams, Kingston
       	       6. Richard Dennison
	       7. Glossary from "The Harder They Come" (Bo Peterson)
	       8. Norman Redington
	       9. The Beat
	      10. Allen Kaatz
	      11. Jah Bill (William Just)
	      12. Arlene Laing


A		   :    prep. to as in "go a shop," from Spanish (7)
A GO               :    aux w/v. going to do, as in "Me a go tell him" (7)
A DOOR		   :    outdoors. (5)
ACCOMPONG          :    n. name of Maroon warrior, Capt. Accompong, brother of 
                        Cudjo; also name of town. From the Twi name for the 
                        supreme deity (7)
ACKEE		   :    n. African food tree introduced about 1778. From Twi 
		        ankye or Kru akee (7)
AGONY              :    the sensations felt during sex (6)
ALIAS		   :    adj. (urban slang) dangerous, violent (7)
AN		   : 	than (5)
ARMAGEDDON	   : 	the biblical final battle between the forces of good 
                        and evil (1)
ASHAM		   :    n. Parched, sweetened, and ground corn. From twi 
		        osiam (7)

BABYLON		   :    1. the corrupt establishment, the "system,
                        " Church and State 2. the police, a policeman (1)
BAD		   : 	good, great (2)
BADNESS		   : 	hooligan behavior, violence for its own sake (1)
BAFAN		   :    clumsy; awkward (5)
BAFANG		   : 	a child who did not learn to walk the 1st 2-7 years. (5)
BAG-O-WIRE	   : 	a betrayer (1)
BAGGY		   : 	underpants for a woman or child. (5)
BALMYARD           :    n. place where pocpmania rites are held, healing is 
		        done, spells cast or lifted (7)
BAKRA		   : 	white slavemaster, or member of the ruling class in 
                        colonial days. Popular etymology: 
                        "back raw" (which he bestowed with a whip.) (5)
BALD-HEAD	   : 	a straight person; one without dreadlocks; 
                        one who works for babylon (2)
BAMBA YAY          :    by and by (7)
BAMBU		   : 	rolling paper (1)
BAMMY		   : 	a pancake made out of cassava, after it has been grated 
			and squeezed to remove the bitter juice. (5)
BANDULU		   : 	bandit, criminal, one living by guile (1) 
			a BANDULU BIZNESS is a racket, a swindle. (5)
BANGARANG	   : 	hubbub, uproar, disorder, disturbance. (5)
BANKRA		   : 	a big basket, including the type which hangs over the 
                        sides of a donkey. (5)
BANS		   : 	from bands; a whole lot, a great deal, nuff, 
                        whole heap. (5)
BAT		   : 	butterfly or moth. English bat, the flying rodent,
                        is a rat-bat. (5)
BATTY		   : 	bottom; backside; anus. (5)
BATTYBWOY    	   : 	a gay person (6)
BEAST		   : 	a policeman (1)
BEX		   : 	vex (verb), or vexed (adjective). (5)
BHUTTU (BUHTUH)    :    an uncouth, out of fashion, uncultured person
		  	Use: Wey yu a go inna dem deh cloze? Yu fayva buttu (12)
BISSY		   : 	cola nut. (5)
BLY		   : 	chance, "must get a bly", "must get a chance". (4)
BOASIE	           :    adj. proud, conceited, ostentatious. Combination of 
		        English boastful and Yoruba bosi-proud and ostentatious 
BOBO		   : 	fool. (5)
BRAA		   : 	from BREDDA; brother. (5)
BRAATA		   : 	a little extra; like the 13th cookie in a baker's dozen;
 			or an extra helping of food. In musical shows it has 
                        come to be the encore. (5)
BREDREN		   :	one's fellow male Rastas (1)
BRINDLE      	   : 	to be angry (6)
BRINKS       	   : 	title given to a man who is supplying a woman with money
BUBU		   : 	fool. (5)
BUCKY		   : 	home-made gun (2)
BUFU-BUFU	   : 	fat, swollen, blubbery; too big; clumsy or lumbering.(5)
BUGUYAGA	   : 	a sloppy, dirty person, like a bum or tramp. (5)
BULL BUCKA	   : 	a bully (1) 
BULLA	           : 	a comon sugar and flour cookie or small round cake, 
                        sold everywhere in Jamaica. (5)
(TO GET) BUN 	   : 	to have one's spouse or girl/boy-friend cheat on 
                        oneself, to be cheated out of something (6)
BLOOD CLOT	   : 	curse words (1)
BUMBO		   : 	bottom; backside. A common curse word, especially in 
                        combination with CLOT (cloth), 
                        a reference to the days before toilet paper. (5)
BUNGO		   :    n. racially pejorative. Crude, black, ignorant, 
		        boorish person. From Hausa bunga-bumpkin, nincompoop (7)
BUNKS		   : 	to knock or bump against, from "to bounce", 
                        BUNKS MI RES, catch my rest, take a nap. (5)

(THE) CAT    	   : 	a woman's genitals (6)
CARD         	   :  	to fool someone (6)
CEASE & SEKKLE!	   : 	stop everything and relax! (6)
CERACE		   :	a ubiquitous vine used for boiling medicinal tea, 
                        and for bathing. It is proverbial for its bitterness.(5)
CHA! or CHO!	   : 	a disdainful expletive (1) pshaw! (2) very common, mild
 			explanation expressing impatience, vexation or 
			disappointment. (5)
CHAKA-CHAKA	   : 	messy, disorderly, untidy. (5)
CHALICE or CHILLUM : 	a pipe for smoking herb, usually made from coconut shell
or CHALEWA	   :    and tubing, used ritually by Rastas (1) 
CHEAP		   : 	just as cheap, just as well. (5)
CHIMMY		   : 	chamber pot. (5)
CHO		   : 	very common, mild explanation expressing impatience, 
                        vexation or disappointment. (5)
CLAP		   : 	hit, break, stride (1) 
CLOT		   : 	1. cloth, an essential part of most Jamaican bad words, 
                       	   such as bumbo clot, rass clot, blood clot, etc. 
                           The essence of Jamaican cursing seems to be nastiness
			   , rather than the blashemy or sexuality which is 
                           characteristic of the metropolitan countries.  
                        2. to hit or strike - from the verb "to clout". (5) 
COCO		   : 	a potato-like edible root, known elsewhere as the taro 
  			or the eddo.  
     			It was brought to Jamaica from the South Pacific. 
			This is completely distinct from cocoa, usually called 
			chocolate. (5)
COIL		   : 	money (6)
COME DUNG	   : 	come down, get ready (as to prepare to play a tune) (6)
COME EEN LIKE	   : 	to seem as if; to resemble. (5)
CONTROL	 	   : 	to be in charge of, responsible for, to own; to take (1)
COO 'PON 	   :    v. (origin unclear) Look upon! (7)
COO YAH		   :    v. (origin unclear) Look here! (7)
COOL RUNNINGS	   : 	a greeting; things are going smoothly (1) 
COOLIE		   : 	the traditional Jamaican epithet for East Indians. 
			It is never used It is never used for Chinese Jamaicans.
 			Usually in the form coolie-man or coolie-oman. 
			It is not considered polite today anymore than the term
 			nega, but it is still used widely in rural areas. (5)
			n. (urban slang) ganja (7)
CORK UP		   : 	jammed, filled, crowded (2)
CORN		   : 	1. marijuana 2. money 3. a bullet (1) 
COTCH		   : 	verb (cotch up), to support something else, as with a 
                        forked stick; to balance something or place it 
			temporarily; to beg someone a cotch, can be a place on 
			a crowded bus seat or bench; or it may mean to cotch a 
			while, to stay somewhere temporarily. (5)
COTTA		   : 	a roll of cloth or vegetation placed on top of the head
			to cushion the skull from the weight of a head load. (5)
CRAB		   : 	aside from it's usual meaning, it is a verb meaning to 
			scratch or claw. (5)
CRAVEN		   : 	greedy (5)
CRIS		   : 	crisp; popularly used for anything brand-new, 
		        slick-looking. (5)
CRISSARS	   : 	crisp, brand-new (2)
CROMANTY	   :    adj. from Corromantee, Blacks from the Gold Coast 
		        believed to be rebellious (7)
CROSSES		   : 	problems, vexations, trials; bad luck, misfortunes. (5)
CRUCIAL		   : 	serious, great, "hard,", "dread" (1) 
CUBBITCH	   : 	covetous. (5)
CUDJO		   :    n. name of famous Maroon warrior; mn born on Monday, 
			from Fante, Twi kudwo (7)
CULTURE		   : 	reflecting or pertaining to the roots values and 
			traditions highly respected by the Rastas (1)
CUSS-CUSS	   : 	a quarrel or fracas, with lots of cursing. (5)
CUT YAI		   : 	to cut your eye at somebody is a very common means of 
			expressing scorn or contempt, for example; one catches 
 			the other person's eye, then deliberatly turns one's 
 			own eyes as an insult. (5)
CUTCHIE		   : 	pipe for communal smoking. (5)
CYAAN		   :    cannot, can't (6)

D.J.		   : 	a person who sings or scats along with dub music, 
			sometimes called "toasting" (2)
DAAL		   : 	split peas, usually a thick soup, from Indian cuisine, 
			from Hindi. (5)
DADA		   :    father (6)
DALLY		   :    executive zig-zag movements on wheels (2) or on foot (6)
			to ride a bicycle or motorbike with a weaving motion, 
		        as when ones weaves around potholes. (5)
DAN DADA	   : 	the highest of DON'S (6)
DAN		   : 	than (5)
DARKERS            :    sunglasses (6)
DASHEEN		   :	a big soft yam-like root, often slightly greyish when 
			cooked. It is related to the coco, but one eats the 
			"head" instead of the tubers. (5) 
DAWTA		   : 	a girl, woman, "sister," girlfriend (1)
DEADERS		   : 	meat, meat by-products (1)
DEESTANT	   : 	decent. (5)
DEGE or DEGE-DEGE  : 	adjective, little, skimpy, measly, only, as in a two 
		        dege-dege banana. (5)
DEH		   : 	there (place) (6)
DEY		   :    v. to be, exist, as in "No yam no dey". From Ewe de or 
		        Twi  de - to be (7)
DI		   : 	the (6) 
DINKI		   : 	a kind of traditional dance at funerals or "nine nights"
 		        ("set-ups"); now popular among school children. (5)
DIS or DIS YA	   : 	this (6)
DJEW		   : 	as a verb, rain a djew; as a noun, djew rain. 
                        It means a light rain or drizzle. (5)
DOGHEART	   : 	a person who is especially cold and cruel (6)
DOLLY		   : 	executive zig-zag movements on wheels (2)
DON		   : 	one who is respected, master of a situation (6)
DONKYA		   : 	from "don't care"; careless, sloppy, lacking ambition, 
			etc. (5)
DOONDOOS	   : 	an albino. (5)
DOWNPRESSOR	   : 	preferred term for oppressor (1)
(TO) DRAW CARD	   : 	the act of fooling someone (6)
DREAD		   : 	1. a person with dreadlocks 
                        2. a serious idea or thing 
                        3. a dangerous situation or person 
                        4. the "dreadful power of the holy" 
                        5. experientially, "awesome, fearful confrontation of 
                           a people with a primordial but historically denied 
                           racial selfhood" (1) 
DREADLOCKS	   : 	1. hair that is neither combed nor cut 2. a person with
 			   dreadlocks (1)
DREADY		   : 	a friendly term for a fellow dread (1)
DUB		   : 	a roots electronic music, created by skillful, 
			artistic re-engineering of recorded tracks (2)
DUCK-ANTS	   : 	white ants, or termites. (5)
DUKUNU		   : 	sweet corn-meal dumplings boiled in wrapped leaves. (5)
DUNDUS		   : 	an albino. (5)
DUNGLE		   :    n. legendary West Kingston slum surrounding a garbage 
			dump, now cleared.  (7)
			: From English dunghill
DUNS,DUNSA	   : 	money (1)
DUPPY		   : 	a ghost (1)
DUTCHY		   : 	dutch cooking pot, low round-bottomed heavy pot. (5)

EASE-UP		   : 	to forgive, to lighten up (6)
        & CURRY	   : 	all is well, all is taken care of (6)

FAS'		   : 	to be fast with, meaning to be rude, impertinent, 
                    	to meddle with sombody's business, to be forward, etc. 
FASSY		   : 	eczema-like scratchy sores on the skin; 
			also a verb meaning to cause oneself to be covered with
 			fassy by scratching. (5)
FAYVA		   : 	to favour, resemble, or look like; "fayva like" 
                        also means "it seems as if". (5)
FE		   :    the infinitive "to" as in "Have fe go" (7)
FEEL NO WAY	   : 	don't take offense, don't be sorry, don't worry (1)
FENKY-FENKY	   : 	(from finicky) choosy, proud, stuck-up. (5)
FENNEH		   :    v. to feel physical distress, pain. From Twi 
			fene-to vomit; Fante fena-to be troubled; Lumba 
			feno-to faint (7)
FI		   :    possessive. "fi me"-"mine" (7)
FIESTY		   : 	impudent, rude, out of order, cheeky. (5)
FIRST LIGHT	   : 	tomorrow (1)
(HIM A) FISH       : 	a gay person (6)
FIT		   : 	when used of fruits and vegetables, 
			it means ready to pick, full grown, 
                        though not necessarily fully ripe. (5)
FORWARD		   : 	1. to go, move on, set out 2. in the future (1)
FRONTA		   : 	tobacco leaf used to roll herb (1)
FUCKERY	   	   : 	wrong, unfair (6)
  TO THE FULLNESS  : 	completely, absolutely, totally (1)
FUNDS		   :  	Money (6)

GAAN TO BED	   : 	an adverbial phrase; following a verb of liking or 
			loving, it has a superlative meaning; 
			Can be used in any context, 
                        such as "I love hafu yam gaan to bed!". (5)
GANJA		   : 	herb, marijuana (1)
GANSEY		   : 	t-shirt, any knit shirt (2)
(TO) GET SALT	   : 	to be thwarted, to encounter misfortune (6)
GATES	 	   : 	home, yard (1)
GENERAL		   : 	cool operator (1)
GIG		   : 	spinning top. (5)
GINNAL		   :    n. trickster, con-man, an Amnancy figure as in "Sunday 
			Ginnal"-a preacher or clergyman (7)
GLAMITY		   : 	a woman's genitals (6)
GORGON		   : 	outstanding dreadlocks (1)
(DON) GORGON       : 	outstanding dreadlocks, a person who is respected (2,6)
GRAVALICIOUS	   : 	greedy, avaricious. (5)
GRINDSMAN	   : 	one who displays great prowess in bed(6)
GROUNATION	   : 	large, island-wide meeting and celebration of Rastas (1)
GROUND		   : 	home, yard (4)

HACKLE		   : 	to hassle, bother, worry, trouble. As a noun, hackling.
HAFFI	           : 	to have to... (6)
HAIL		   : 	a greeting (1)
HARD		   : 	excellent, proficient, skillful, uncompromising (1)
HEETCH		   : 	itch. Many such words could be listed under H, 
  			as initial H is added to scores of words at will. (5)
HEAD MAN JANCRO	   :    n. albino buzzard (7)
HERB		   : 	marijuana (1)
HIEZ-HAAD	   : 	ears-hard, thick skulled, stubborn, unwilling or unable
 			 to hear. (5)
HIEZ		   : 	ears. (5)
HITEY-TITEY	   : 	upper class, high tone, "stoosh". (5)
HOOD		   : 	penis. (5)
HORTICAL (DON)	   : 	respected, acclaimed (6)
HOT-STEPPER	   : 	fugitive from jail or gun court (1)

I-MAN		   : 	I, me, mine (1)
I-NEY		   : 	a greeting (2)
I-REY		   : 	1. a greeting 2. excellent, cool, highest (1)
I-SHENCE	   : 	herb (1)
I-TAL		   : 	vital, organic, natural, wholesome; refers to way of 
			cooking and way of life (1) 
                        in colors, red, green and gold (2)
I		   : 	replaces "me", "you", "my"; replaces the first syllable
 			of seleted words (1) I and I, I&I: I, me, you and me, 
                        we (1) 
                        Rastafari speech eliminates you, me we, they, etc., 
                        as divisive and replaces same with communal I and I. 
                        I and I embraces the congregation in unity with the 
                        Most I (high) in an endless circle of inity (unity). (3)
IEZ-HAAD	   : 	ears-hard, thick skulled, stubborn, unwilling or 
		        unable to hear. (5)
IEZ		   : 	ears. (5)
ILIE		   :    adj. literally, "highly", valuable, exalted, even 
			sacred (7)
IGNORANT	   : 	short-tempered, easy to vex, irate. (5)
INNA DI MORROWS	   : 	tomorrow (6)
INNA		   :	In the (4)
IRIE		   :    adj. powerful and pleasing (7)
ISMS and SKISMS    : 	negative term denoting Babylon's classificatory systems
ITES		   : 	1. the heights 
                        2. a greeting 
			3. the color red (1) great (2)

JA, JAM-DOWN	   : 	Jamaica (1)
JACKASS ROPE	   :	homegrown tobacco, twisted into a rope. (5)
JAH KNOW	   : 	Lord knows (1)
JAH		   : 	God; possibly derived as a shortened form of Jahweh or 
			Jehovah (1) 
			Jah Ras Tafari, Haille Selassie, King of Kings, Lord of
			Lords, conquering Lion of Judah; rastas revere Haile 
			Selassie as the personification of the Almighty (2)

JAMDUNG		   :    Jamaica, "Jam" to press down "dung" down. Ironic 
			reference to social and economic conditions of the 
			masses (7)
JAMMIN		   : 	to be having a good time, to be dancing calypso/soca (6)
JANCRO		   :    n. literally John Crow, buzzard (7)
JANGA		   : 	shrimp, crayfish. (5)
JELLY		   : 	a young coconut, full of jelly. (5)
JON CONNU	   :    n. (John Canoe). Bands of elaborately masked dancers 
			appearing around Christmas. They ressemble the 
			ancestral dancers of West Africa, but the ety. of the 
			word is unclear. (7)
JOOK		   : 	to pierce or stick, as with a thorn or a long pointed 
			stick. (5)
JUDGIN'		   : 	adjective, everyday or ordinary clothes or shoes worn 
			in the yard or in the bush, as in "judgin' boot". 
			Also as a verb, to judge, with a similar meaning. (5)
JUU		   : 	as a verb, rain a juu; as a noun, juu rain. 
			It means a light rain or drizzle. (5)

KALI; COOLY	   : 	marijuana (1)
KALLALOO	   : 	a dark, green leafy vegetable, very nutritious and 
			cheap. (5)
KASS KASS	   :    n. quarrel or contention. From combination of English 
			curse or cuss, and Twi kasa kasa-to dispute verbally (7)
KATA		   : 	a roll of cloth or vegetation placed on top of the head
			to cushion the skull from the weight of a head load. (5)
KEMPS		   : 	a little bit, a tiny piece, from skimps. (5)
KISS ME NECK!	   : 	common exclamation of surprise. (5)
KISS TEET	   : 	to kiss one's teeth or to suck one's teeth is to make 
			the very common hissing noise of disappoval, dislike, 
		        vexation or disappointment. (5)
KOUCHIE		   : 	bowl of a chalice or chillum pipe (1)
KRENG-KRENG	   : 	an old-fashioned meat rack, hung up high over the fire 
			to catch the smoke. (5)
KU DEH!		   : 	look there! (5)
KU PAN             : 	look at. (5)
KU YA!             : 	look here! (5)
KU	           : 	verb, look! (5)
KUMINA		   :    n. Ecstatic dance for the purpose of communicating with
		 	ancestors. From Twi akom-to be possessed and ana-by an 
			ancestor (7)
KYA		   : 	1. to care; "donkya", don't care, careless; "no kya" 
                           means no matter, as in "no kya weh im tun", 
                           no matter where he turns. 
			2. to carry. (5)
KYAAN		   : 	can't. (5)
KYAI		   : 	to carry. (5)
KYAN		   : 	can. (5)

LABA-LABA	   : 	to chat, gab; gossip. (5)
LABRISH		   : 	gossip, chit-chat. (5)
LAMBSBREAD	   : 	a form of high-quality marijuana (1)
LARGE		   : 	respected (6)
LEGGO BEAS'	   :	wild, disorderly, like a let-go beast. (5)
LICKY-LICKY	   : 	fawning, flattering, obsequious. (5)
LILLY BIT	   : 	little bit, tiny. (5)
LION		   : 	a righteous Dread (1) a great soul (2)
LITTLE MORE	   : 	see you later (2)
(TOO) LIKKY-LIKKY  : 	title given to those who like to eat any food they 
			encounter , without discretion (6) 

MAAMA MAN	   : 	a gay person, an effeminate man, a weakling (6)
MACA		   : 	thorn, prickle. (5)
MADDA		   : 	mother (6)
MAFIA		   : 	big-time criminals (1)
MAGA DOG	   : 	mongrel (4)
MAGA		   : 	thin (2) (from meagre) (5)
MANACLES	   :    chains (11)
MARINA		   : 	a man's undershirt, guernsey; a tank-top style. (5)
MAROON		   :    n. free black warrior-communities which successfully 
			resisted British hegemony during eighteenth century 
			and early nineteenth century. From Spanish cimmaron-
			untamed, wild (7)
MASCOT		   : 	denoting inferior status (2)
MASH IT UP	   : 	a huge success (1)
MASH UP, MASH DOWN : 	destroy (1)
MAAS		   :    n. from master or massa. Now freed from its class 
			origin; a respectful form of address to an older man. 
MASSIVE		   : 	respected (6), used with LARGE to add emphasis 
MENELIK, RAS	   :    n. Ethiopian nobleman who rallied his troops to resist 
			Italian aggression. Defeated Italians at Adowa 1896 (7)
MONKS		   : 	amongst. (5)
MORE TIME	   : 	see you later (1)
MR. T		   : 	the boss (2)
MUS MUS		   : 	a rat (4)
       /FATHER     : 	the mother/father of my child (1,6)
MYAL		   :    n. a form of benign magic oposed to Obeah, hence 
			myalman. From Hursa maye-wizard, person of mystic 
			power. (7)

NAGAH		   :    n. pejorative for a black person (7)
NAGO		   :    n. Yoruba person, practice or language. From Ewe 
			anago-Yoruba person (7)
NAH		   :    adv. will not. Emphatic as in "Me nah do that" (7)
NANA		   : 	midwife; nanny or nurse. (5)
NASH		   : 	female genatalia (6)
NATTY CONGO	   : 	1. dreadlocks 2. a person with dreadlocks (1)
NAZARITE	   : 	Ancient Hebrew meaning to "separate", consecrated, 
 			set apart by choice and devotion (1)
NIYABINGHI	   : 	1. "death to all black and white oppressors" 
			2. East African warriors who resisted colonial 
  			3. large Rastafarian meeting and spiritual gathering 
			4. referring to orthodox, traditional Rastas 
			5. a variety of drumming (1)
NIYAMEN		   : 	name for Rastas referring to Niyabinghi warriors of 
		    	East Africa (1)
NO KYA		   : 	no matter, as in "no kya weh im tun", no matter where 
			he turns. (5)
NO TRUE?	   : 	isn't it so? (1)
NUH		   :    interrogative at end of sentence; literally, "Is it 
			not so?" (7)
NYAM		   : 	to eat. (5)
(TOO) NYAMI-NYAMI  : 	title given to those who like to eat any food 
			they encounter, without discretion (6) 
NYING'I-NYING'I	   : 	nagging, whining. (5)

O-DOKONO           : 	boiled maize bread. (5)
OBEAH		   : 	traditional African "science", relating to matters of 
			the spirit and spirits, spells, divinations, omens, 
			extra-sensory knowledge, etc. (5)
OHT FI		   : 	about to, on the vergeof, as in "it hoht fi rain", 
			it is about to rain, it looks like rain. (5)
ONE LOVE	   : 	a parting phrase, expression of unity (1)
ONE-ONE		   : 	adjective, one by one, thus any small amount. (5)
ONGLE		   : 	only. (5)

PAKI		   : 	calabash, gourd. (5)
PAPAA		   : 	pawpaw, or papaya melon. (5)
PATU		   : 	owl. (5)
PAYAKA             :    heathen (11)
PYAKA		   :    tricky or dishonest. (10)
PEEL-HEAD	   : 	bald-headed, usually certain chickens or vultures. (5)
PEENYWALLY	   : 	a kind of large fire fly, actually a type of flyig 
			beetle. (5)
PEER		   : 	avocado pear. (5)
PICKY, PICKY HEAD  : 	brush haircut (3)
PICKY-PICKY	   : 	1. finicky or choosy 
  			2. Used of uncombed hair just starting to turn into 
			   dreadlocks. (5)
PIKNY		   : 	pickaninny, child. (5)
PINDA		   : 	peanut. (5)
PIRA		   : 	a low wooden stool. (5)
PITY-ME-LIKL	   : 	a type of very tiny red ant whose bite is so hot and 
			long-lasting it resembles a sting. (5)
POCOMANIA, POCO	   : 	christian revival, distinct drum rhythm (2)
POLYTRICKS	   : 	politics (by Peter Tosh) (6)
POLYTRICKSTERS	   : 	politicians (by Peter Tosh) (6)
POPPY-SHOW	   : 	from puppet show, it is used in the idiom, 
			tek smadi mek poppy-show, which means to make fun of 
			someone or shame them, making them look ridiculous. (5)
PUM-PUM		   : 	a woman's genitals (6)
PUNAANI or PUNNI   : 	a woman's genitals (6)
PUPPALICK	   : 	somersalt. (5)
PUTTIN' AWAY	   : 	a preposition, meaning "except for", or "except". (5)
PYAA-PYAA	   : 	sickly, weak; feeble, of no account. (5)
PYU	   	   : 	from spew; verb used of running sores or anything 
		        similarly dripping or oozing. (5)

QUASHIE		   :    n. peasant, country bumpkin, coarse and stupid person; 
			racial pejorative generic term for blacks; originally 
			Twi name of a boy born on a Sunday (7)
QUIPS		   : 	1. nouns (from squips) a tiny piece or amount. 
			2. verb, the Jamaican art of washing clothes making a 
			   "squips-squips" sound. (5)

RAATID!		   : 	a common mild expletive of surprise or vexation, as in 
		        "to raatid!".  It is likely a polite permutation of 
		        "ras", a la "gosh" or "heck". (5)
RANKING		   : 	highly respected (1)
RAS or RASS	   : 	backside, rump; a common curse is to rass! or rass clot!
		 	a title used by Rastafarians meaning "lord" or "head" .
(TO) RAAS	   : 	"really?", "damn!"(6)
RASTA, RASTAFARIAN : 	a follower of Marcus Garvey who worships the Almighty 
			in the person of haile Selassie
RAT-BAT		   : 	bat, the night-flying rodent. (5)
RATCHET		   : 	a switchblade knife popular in Jamaica (1)
RED		   : 	1. very high on herb 2. mulatto color (1)
RAHTID		   :    expression of surprise, or to be enraged. From 
			biblical"wrothed" (7)
RENK		   : 	1. foul-smelling, raw-smelling. 
 			2. out of order, impudent, as in a rank-imposter. 
			   "Yu too renk!". (5)
RHAATID		   : 	a curse-exclamation, similar to "what the hell" (6)
RHYGIN		   :    adj. spirited, vigorous, lively, passionate with great 
			vitality and force; also sexually provocative and 
			aggressive. Probably a form of English raging. (7)
RIZZLA		   :    brand of rolling paper. (3)
ROCKERS		   : 	reggae music (1) reggae music as it is played today, 
			the latest sound (2)
ROOTS		   : 	1. derived from the experience of the common people, 
			   natural indigenous 
			2. a greeting 
			3. name for a fellow Rasta (1)
ROTI		   : 	flat Indian pan breads. (5)
ROYAL, (RIAL)	   :    n. offspring of some other race and black, ass in 
			"Chiney-Rial," "coolie-rial"; humorous as in 
			"monkey-rial" (7)
RUDE BOY	   : 	a criminal, a hard hearted person, a tough guy (6)
RUN-DUNG	   : 	food cooked in coconut juice, obtained after grating 
			the dry coconut meat and squeezing it in water, 
			thus extracting the coconut cream. (5)
RYAL		   : 	royal. (5)

SAL'TING	   : 	1. dishes cooked with saltfish or meat. 
			2. that part of the meal which is served with the "food"
 			   (starchy food, ground food). 
			3. by some strange extension, the female organ, often 
			   simply called "sal". (5)
SALT		   : 	adjective, broke, empty-handed, low on funds or food, 
		        as in "tings salt" or "i' salt". (5)
SAMBO		   : 	the colour between brown and black; someone who is a 
			cross between a mullatto (brown) and a black. (5)
SAMFAI MAN	   :    trickster, conman. (5)
SHAMPATA	   :    n. sandal of wood or tire rubber. Span. zapato (7)
SANKEY		   :    n. religious song of a paticularly lugubrious tone, 
			sung in the long or common meter. From Ira David 
			Sankey, evangelist and hymnalist (7)
SATA		   :	to rejoice, to meditate, to give thanks and praise. (5)
SATTA		   :    sit, rest, meditate (1) relax (6)
(GO) SATTA         :    claim how spiritual you are (11)
SCIENCE		   : 	obeah, witchcraft (1)
SCIENTIST	   : 	occult practitioner (2)
SCOUT		   : 	denoting inferior status (6)
SCREECHIE	   : 	to sneak by (6)
SCREW		   : 	to scowl, to be angry (1)
SEEN		   : 	I understand, I agree (1)
SEEN?		   : 	Do you understand? (6)
SHAG		   : 	home-cured tobacco, straight from the field. (5)
SHAKE OUT	   : 	leave without haste, casually (2)
SHEG (UP)	   : 	verb, to bother, as in "all sheg up", 
			all hot and bothered, or or spoiled up (as of work). (5)
SHEG-UP		   : 	to be messed up, ruined (6)
SHEPHERD	   :    n. leader of revivalist cult; also proprietor of 
			balmyard, healer and prophet (7)
SHOOB		   : 	to shove. (5)
SIDUNG		   : 	sit down (6)
SIGHT?		   : 	do you understand? (1)
SINKL-BIBLE	   : 	the aloevera plant. (5)
SINSEMILLA, SENSIE : 	popular, potent, seedless, unpollinated female strain 
			of marijuana (1)
SINTING		   : 	something. (5)
SIPPLE		   : 	slippery; slimy. (5)
SISTER, SISTREN	   : 	a woman, a friend, woman Rastafarians (1)
SITTIN'		   : 	something. (5)
SKANK		   : 	to dance to reggae music (1) to move with cunning, 
			ulterior motives (2)
SKIL		   : 	kiln, as in "limeskil". (5)              
SKIN		   : 	rolling paper (1)
SKIN YOUR TEETH	   : 	smile (1)
SLABBA-SLABBA	   : 	big and fat, slobby, droopy. (5)
SLACKNESS	   : 	lewd, vulgar lyrics popular in DJ singing (4)
SMADI		   : 	somebody. (5)
SO-SO		   : 	only, solely, unaccompanied. (5) weak, pallid (6) 
SOFT		   : 	not well done, amateurish; unable to cope (1) 
			broke, no money (2)
SPLIFF		   : 	large, cone-shaped marijuana cigarette (1)
SPRING		   : 	to sprout, as of yams or cocos, making them inedible. 
STAR		   : 	common term of affection, camaraderie (1)
STEP		   : 	to leave, to depart (1) briskly, quickly (2)
STOOSH/STOSHUS	   : 	upper class, high tone, "hitey-titey". (5)
STRING UP	   : 	a muscial rehearsal (2)
STRUCTURE	   : 	body, health (1)
SU-SU		   : 	gossip, the sound of wispering. (5)
SUFFERER	   : 	a poor person stuggling to survive (2)
SUPM, SINTING	   : 	something (6)

TACK		   : 	bullet (2)
TACUMAH		   :    n. character in Anancy tales. Said to be the son of 
			Anancy. Twin'ticuma (7)
TAKARI/TANKARI	   : 	stewed spicy pumpkin. (5)
TALL		   : 	long (1)
TALLOWAH	   :    adj. sturdy, strong, fearless, physically capable. 
			From Ewe talala (7)
TAM		   : 	deep woolen hat, used by Dreads 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. (7)
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". (5)
TARRA-WARRA	   : 	a polite way of expressing omitted bad words, a verbal 
			asterisk. (5)
TATA		   :    n. father. Affectionate and respectful title for an old
			man. Fram many african languages. Ewe, Ge, N'gombe (7)
TATU		   : 	a little thatched hut, often made of bamboo. (5)
TEETH		   : 	bullets (2)
TEIF		   : 	a theif, to steal (6)
TOTO		   : 	coconut cake. (5)
TRACE		   :	to curse or speak abusively to someone. (5)
TRANSPORT	   : 	vehicle (1)
TUMPA		   : 	from stump, as in "tumpa-foot man", a one-foot man. (5)
TUNTI		   : 	female organ. (5)

UNO/UNU		   : 	you-all. (5) pron. you, plural. In usage close to 
			Afro-American y'awl. From Ibo unu, same meaning (7)
UPFUL		   : 	postitive, encouraging (2)
UPHILL		   : 	positive, righteous (1)
UPTOWN		   : 	the upper classes (1)

VEX		   : 	to get angry (1)

WA DAY		   : 	adverbial phrase, the other day. (5)
WA MEK?		   : 	why?
WAKL		   : 	wattle, a kind of woven bamboo work used to make house 
			walls. (5)
WANGA-GUT	   : 	hungry-belly. (5)
WARRA-WARRA	   : 	politely omitted bad words, same as "tarra-warra". (5)
WH'APPEN?	   : 	what's happening? (4)
WHATLEF            :    What's left over (7)
WHEELS		   : 	vehicle (6)
WHOLE HEAP	   : 	a lot (1)
WINJY		   : 	thin and sickly looking. (5)
WIS		   : 	vine, liana, from withe. (5)
WOLF		   : 	a non-rasta deadlocks (2)
WOOD		   : 	penis. (5)

YA NO SEE IT?	   : 	you know? (1)
YA		   : 	hear, or here. (5)
YABBA		   : 	a big clay pot. (5)
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. (9)
YAHSO		   : 	here (place) (6)
YAI		   : 	eye. (5)
YARD		   : 	home, one's gates (1) tenement (2)
YOUTH		   : 	a child, a young man, an immature man (1)

ZION		   : 	Ethiopia, Africa, the Rastafarian holy land (1)
ZUNGU PAN	   : 	zinc pan. (5)