Top 20 Jamaican Double-Up Words
The Jamaican language has evolved over time but the way we use words to convey emphasis has remained pretty much unchanged. Take for example the tendency to double up with words like ‘chacka chacka’ or ‘nyami nyami’. To the outsider, the repetition may seem redundant, but for the Jamaican speaker there’s no better way to express the point being communicated. Here are the top 20 words Jamaicans ‘double up’.
Jamaica‘s New Lingos
I am a proud citizen of this wonderful island nestled among the turquoise sea and the distant land of Cuba. Well, we are a bit close to Cuba, not really on its outskirt; check your map for reference. Well let me not stray from the topic my dear readers, back to the point I was trying to make. For starters, Jamaica has a wonderful brogue, interesting sayings and Jamaicans also have this uncanny way of making a trail of words seem effortlessly cool and a bit outlandish. Yes we are the “hub” for vibrant expressions and a plethora of other phrases. Mark you, several words have evolved drastically and there is this revolution for self expression that I had never seen before.
Jamaican Colloquialisms Over The Years
Jamaicans are known for their patois and very unique way of labeling people, places or things. Some of the slang words that have been created over the years, have been adopted and utilized by other cultures inappropriately. Primarily, because they are not aware of the correct meanings associated with the words. Affluent Jamaicans rarely talk about the connotations of the words because the meanings are usually derogatory in nature or associated with lack of education and class. Some of the words we may have been privy to over the years are as follows...
Patois, things Jamaican and the big picture
Recently, I applied for a consulting position with a DC contractor bidding for a competitive US government grant and needing 48 professionals in support of the application. The requirements included: (1) applicants must have lived in the United States for the past five years, (2) have at least a bachelor's degree, (3) be based in either Washington, DC, or South Florida, and (4) must speak and understand Jamaican patois.
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