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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)

AKS

ask (28)

ALIAS

adj. (urban slang) dangerous, violent (7)

AMSHOUSE

poorhouse (29)

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)

BAD BWAI

(bad boy) 1. refering to a bold man; a compliment 2. : One who has committed a crime. : (rude bwai, ruddy, baddy) (31)

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)

BANTON

a storyteller (50)

BASHMENT

party, dance, session (3)

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)

BEENIE

little (36)

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)

BIG BOUT YAH

Large and in charge. Superlative indicating status (power, fame, money, talent, etc) within some social group (12)

BISCUIT

a particularly attractive woman (46)

BISSY

cola nut. (5)

BOOPS/BOOPSIE

Boops is a man, often older, who supports a young woman; boopsie refers to a kept woman (46)

BLACK UP

To smoke weed. Like somene would ask "You Black up : today?" Meaning did you smoke today? (14)

BLACKHEART MAN

a rascal, a hooligan (38)

BLOUSE AND SKIRT

common exclamation of surprise. (29)

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 (7)

BOASIN TONE

Swollen penis or testicles (13)

BOBO

fool. (5)

BOBO DREAD

a rastafarian sect based on the teachings of Prince Emanuel Edwards distinguished by turbin-like headdresses, flowing white robes and communal living (50)

BODERATION

Boderation comes from the word bother and that's basically what it means. If something is a boderation then it's a bother. (29)

BONG BELLY PICKNEY

a greedy child who ate too much. (29)

BOONOONOONOUS

Meaning wonderful. (13)

BOX

To smack or to hit in the face. (13)

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 (6)

BUBU

fool. (5)

BUCKY

home-made gun (2) slave (29)

BUCKY MASSA

master over the slaves (29)

BUD

bird. (14)

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)

BUMBA CLOT,

 

(TO GET) BUN

to have one's spouse or girl/boy-friend cheat on oneself, to be cheated out of something (6)

RAS CLOT,

 

BLOOD CLOT

curse words (1)

BUCK UP

meet (28)

BUMBO

bottom; backside. A common curse word, especially in combination with CLOT (cloth), a reference to the days before toilet paper. (5)

BUN

burn (29)

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)

BWOY

Boy (13)

(THE) CAT

a woman's genitals (6)

CALLALOU

A spinach stew. (18)

CARD

to fool someone (6)

CEASE & SEKKLE!

stop everything and relax! (6)

CEPES

(n.) - beard (35)

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)

CHANT

(v.) - to sing, especially cultural or spiritual songs (35)

CHEAP

just as cheap, just as well. (5)

CHI CHI MAN

a gay man (6)

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) 3. literally means a used tampon (31)

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)

COLD I UP

humiliate or be-little (29)

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) pay attention (17)

COOL RUNNINGS

usually used at a time of departure on a long journey meaning have a safe trip (31)

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)

COLLIE

n. (urban slang) ganja (7)

COME YAH (cumyu) : come here. (17)

 

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)

CRAVEN CHOKE PUPPY

someone who wants everything but when they get it , they can't manage it.

CREATION STEPPER

means you step it in and throughout Babylon without fear - cuttin' edge, livin' on the edge, fear no foe. Lookin justice in the eye and saying, What are you doin ?"!! (29)

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)

CROCUS BAG

a very large sack made of coarse cloth, like burlap (10)

CROSSES

problems, vexations, trials; bad luck, misfortunes. (5)

CRUCIAL

serious, great, "hard,", "dread" (1)

CU

verb, look! (5)

CU DEH!

look there! (5)

CU PAN

look at. (5)

CU YA!

look here! (5)

CU YU

To say "Look at you." To the person you are refering to. (14)

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) You can also cut your eye at somebody in a friendly way. (29)

CUTCHIE

pipe for communal smoking. (5)

CYA

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)

CYAAN

can't. (5)

CYAI

to carry. (5)

CYAN

can. (5)

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)

DEAD HOOD

(the H is silent) = A man that can't perform sexually. Impotent. (14)(29)

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)

DEY 'PON

(aux. v.) - to be engaged in action or continuing activity (35) literally "there upon" As in "it dey pon de table". (29)

DI

the (6)

DILDO MACCA

dangerous macca or thorn that will bore you up (29)

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)

DOTI

"Dutty" means dirty, dirt or earth (19)(29)

(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)

DUB PLATE

A pre-release copy of a record, often produced exclusively for a specific sound system (see "sound system"). (46)

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)

DUTTY

dirty (17)

EASE-UP

to forgive, to lighten up (6)

EVERYTING COOK & CURRY

all is well, all is taken care of (6)

FALLA FASHIN

Copycat (13)

FAS'

to be fast with, meaning to be rude, impertinent, to meddle with sombody's business, to be forward, etc. (5)

FASSY

eczema-like scratchy sores on the skin; also a verb meaning to cause oneself to be covered with fassy by scratching. (5)

FAASTI (FIESTY)

impertinent, rude, impudent (35)

FAYVA

to favour, resemble, or look like; "fayva like" also means "it seems as if". (5)

FE (FI)

the infinitive "to" as in "Have fe go" (7) : "a fe" Have to (28) "fe dem" their (28)

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 (FE)

possessive. "fi me"-"mine" (7) Can also mean "for" or "to", as in "I ha' fi", I have to. Yu num fi du dat = You are not to do that. (12) Fe is Fi as in fi ar means hers fi im - his fi dem - theirs fi you - yours fi me - mine (29)

FIESTY (FAASTI)

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) also means in good shape. ("You haffe fit!") (31)

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)

FULLNESS, TO THE FULLNESS

completely, absolutely, totally (1)

FUNDS

Money (6)

GAAN A 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) means very much as in liking very much (29)

GALANG

go along. (23)

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)

GI

give (28)

GIG

spinning top. (5)

GILL

unit of measure like pint. (42)

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) a dragon (29)

(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. (5)

HAFFI

to have to... (6)

HAIL

a greeting (1)

HARBOUR SHARK

"Mr. Want-All" glutton, greedy, someone who wants it all. (29)

HARD

excellent, proficient, skillful, uncompromising (1) tough (29)

HARD EARS

stubborn, doesn't listen (37)

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)

HIGGLERS

higglers, who are primarly woman who buy and sell goods that they have imported into the country. Some higglers, however, do not make trips out of the country to buy goods, but sell the goods that others import. The connection between higglers and dancehall culture is crucial as they form one of the strongest international links between JA, North America, and the Caribbean. (16)

HITEY-TITEY

upper class, high tone, "stoosh". (5) someone who pretends to be better than they are (29)

HOMELY

to be relaxed, comfortable, enjoying your home surrounding. (14)

HOOD

penis. (5)

HORTICAL (DON)

respected, acclaimed (6)

HOT-STEPPER

fugitive from jail or gun court (1)

I-DREN

(n.)- male Rastafarian (35)

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

A Greeting. excellent, cool, highest (1) adj. powerful and pleasing (7)

ISES/IZES/ISIS

praises (11) Praises to the almighty given by Rasta when calling on the name of Jah for strength and assistance for achieving progress in life. (30)

ISMS and SKISMS

negative term denoting Babylon's classificatory systems (1)

ITES

1. the heights 2. a greeting 3. the color red (1) great (2) 4. another word for irie. Or you use it to mean "OK" as in when someone asks you to do something for you, you would reply, "Ites." (29)

IWA

certain time or hour (43)

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) also used in a sexual context (29)

JOOKS

hangout, relax (29)

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)

KAYA

see ganja (4)

KETCH UP

grapple (28) get in a fight (29)

KETCHY-CHUBY

It can be a sexual term meaning the man throw it and the woman catch it! It can also mean a game - life's game, how to see through today to meet tomorrow and all the games of life as in "life is just a ketchy-chuby game." (29)

KEMPS

a little bit, a tiny piece, from skimps. (5)

KIN TEET

"skin teeth" to laugh at someone or give them a plastic smile, sometimes used derogatorily as in "A little kin-teet bwoy." (29)

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)

KUMINA

n. Ecstatic dance for the purpose of communicating with ancestors. From Twi akom-to be possessed and ana-by an ancestor (7)

LABA-LABA

to chat, gab; gossip. (5)

LABRISH

gossip, chit-chat. (5)

LAGGA HEAD

Dumb acts as if you have no common sense. Stupid. : "yu dam Lagga head bud" (14)

LAMBSBREAD

a form of high-quality marijuana (1)

LARGE

respected (6)

LET OFF

pay out (28)

LEGGO BEAS'

wild, disorderly, like a let-go beast. (5)

LICK

To hit (13)

LICKY-LICKY

fawning, flattering, obsequious. (5)

LIKKLE

little (29)

LILLY BIT

little bit, tiny. (5)

LION

a righteous Dread (1) a great soul (2)

LIKKLE 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)

MAAS

n. from master or massa. Now freed from its class origin; a respectful form of address to an older man. (7) chill out, be by ones self for a while (24)

MACCA

thorn, prickle. dangerous. (29)

MACCA BACK

boney fish used to make fish soup (29)

MADDA

mother (6)

MAFIA

big-time criminals (1)

MAGA DOG

mongrel (4)

MAGA

thin (2) (from meagre) (5)

MAMPI

Fat or overweight (13)

MANACLES

chains (11)

MANNERS

under heavy discipline or punishment. for example when Kingston is under "heavy manners", they have a curfew or call out the army. (10)

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)

MASSIVE

respected (6), used with LARGE to add emphasis

MATEY

mistress (12)

MEK WE

Let Us. (4)

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. MENTION

Talk of the town, originally talk of the females signifying someone with many female conquests

MR. T

the boss (2)

MUS MUS

a rat (4)

MY BABY MOTHER /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)

NANNY GOAT

"What sweet nanny goat a go run him belly" is a cautionary Jamaican proverb which translated means: What tastes good to a goat will ruin his belly. In other words - the things that seem good to you now, can hurt you later... (10)

NASH

female genatalia (6)

NATTY, NATTY DREAD,

 

NATTY CONGO

1. dreadlocks 2. a person with dreadlocks (1)

NAZARITE

Ancient Hebrew meaning to "separate", consecrated, set apart by choice and devotion (1)

NICE UP

to promote and foster a positive feeling. to "nice up the dance" means to get the party going (50)

NIYABINGHI

1. "death to all black and white oppressors" 2. East African warriors who resisted colonial domination 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 CYA

no matter, as in "no kya weh im tun", no matter where he turns. (5)

NOTCH

Don or top ranking badman (33)

NUH

interrogative at end of sentence; literally, "Is it not so?" (7)

NUH NUTTIN

not a big deal (17)

NUH TRUE?

isn't it so? (1)

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 DROP

A popular type of rhythm pattern used on countless reggae records (46)

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)

PATTAN

pattern, style and fashion (39)

PATU

owl. (5)

PAYAKA

heathen (11) craven, want it all (29)

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 flying beetle. (5)

PEER

avocado pear. (5)

PHENSIC

JA equivalent to Tylenol, Excedrin, etc. (26)

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)

PUSSY CLOT

A curse word ref. to a woman's sanitary napkin. (14)

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)

RAGGA

A style of reggae that uses digital rhythms exclusively. A term sometimes used interchangably with dancehall, since the latter music has become heavily digitized as well. (46)

RAGGAMUFFIN

jamaican ghetto dweller (46)

RAM

full up (28)

RAM GOAT

slang for someone who deals with nuff ladies (17)

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" . (5)

(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)

RED EYE

to want another persons belonging, envious. "You too red eye",

meaning, you're too envious. (14)

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) fiesty (29)

RHAATID

a curse-exclamation, similar to "what the hell" (6) To rahtid ---> Exclamination!!, i.e Wow! a milder form to Rass...excitement!! (40)

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)

RUNNING BELLY

diarrhea (12)

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) the food that goes with the rice, potatoes or starchy food; like calalloo, fish and sauce, sauces or gravy (29)

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)

SANFI

A manipulator - dishonest person. A person that will sweet talk you : out of love and money. "Dam Sanfi Bitch". (14)

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) plastic smile (29)

SLABBA-SLABBA

big and fat, slobby, droopy. (5)

SLACKNESS

lewd, vulgar lyrics popular in DJ singing (4)

SLACKY TIDY

unkept or messy (29)

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)

SOUNDBWOY

usually a derogatory way to refer to the selecter or other personality in another sound system. This term is most often employed in clashes, on dub plates built for clashes, and so on. Sometimes it is not used in such a negative manner, but most of the time one refers to the someone in the crew as a soundman, not a boy. (17)

SOUND SYSTEM

Huge mobile stereo setups manned by DJs, who became celebrities as they traveled Jamaica to host open-air dances (46)

SPLIFF

large, cone-shaped marijuana cigarette (1)

SPRING

to sprout, as of yams or cocos, making them inedible. (5)

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 (1,6)

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)

THE I

(pron.) -you, yourself, yours (35)

THRU'

because (28)

TOAST

(v.) - to rap or sing spontaneously over a dub track (35)

TOTO

coconut cake. (5)

TOPANORIS

uptown snobby person. (10) wealthy but mean behind it (29)

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)

VANK

(v.) - to vanquish, conquer (35)

VEX

to get angry (1)

WA DAY

adverbial phrase, the other day. (5)

WA MEK?

why?

WHAFEDOO

we'll have to (make) do or we'll have to deal with it (37)

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)

WENCHMAN

a kind of fish, "hail brother john, have you any : wenchman?" (from "Row Fisherman Row"). (10)

WH'APPEN?

what's happening? (4)

WHATLEF

What's left over (7)

WHEELS

vehicle (6)

WHOLE HEAP

a lot (1)

WINE

"wine" appears in every West Indian dialect, and is literally a corruption of "wind." It means to dance, sometimes seductively. (17)

WINJY

thin and sickly looking. (5)

WIS

vine, liana, from withe. (5)

WOLF

a non-rasta deadlocks (2)

WOOD

penis. (5)

YA NUH SEE?

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)

YUSH

Yush talk is bad boy talk. Or it can be a way of saying "YO". In other words it is a way for rude boys to hail each other up. (27)

ZION

Ethiopia, Africa, the Rastafarian holy land (1)

ZUNGU PAN

zinc pan. (5)