Dutty Tribal Politics

The JLP equivalent of 'dutty Labourite' is 'classist PNP'. Unfortunately, in the tracing match of tribal politics, 'classist' just doesn't have the sting of 'dutty'.

Sexual Falsehood Top To Bottom

Perhaps I’m expecting too much of Jamaican men. But I think a self-confident man could have acted far differently to the outing of Dwayne. A real man could have made a joke of it. He could have just said, “Bombo claat! Di bwoy good! Im ketch mi fi true!” And even though Dwyane didn’t have a bombo, the profanity would have been enough of a judgement.

JTA Bark An Bite

Inna Jamaica, daag-mongrel an man-mongrel a two different kind a mongrel. Daag-mongrel a di bad-breed mongrel weh no got no pedigree. . . . Man-mongrel now, dat a one different-different story. Dem deh mongrel a di high-class mongrel. A dem run tings inna Jamaica./ Ina Jamieka, daag-mongrel an man-mongrel a tuu difran kain a mongrel. Daag-mongrel a di bad-briid mongrel we no gat no pedigrii. . . . Man-mongrel nou, dat a wan difran-difran tuori. Dem de mongrel a di ai-klaas mongrel. A dem ron tingz ina Jamieka./ In Jamaica, canine mongrels and human mongrels are very different breeds. Canine mongrels have no pedigree. . . . Now, human mongrels are a completely different story. They are high-class breeds. They are the elite of Jamaican society.

Patwa Step Up Inna Life!

Native speakers of English are often not hooked on ‘correctness’ in the way that up-tight, second-language learners often are. They actually experiment with their mother tongue, making it do all sorts of interesting things. Words like ‘bling’ and ‘diss’ have found their way into English not just as slang, but as ‘respectable’ new vocabulary, heard on the BBC.

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