Over the year and a half of the pandemic, I’ve kept on wondering who is the target audience for the press conferences hosted by the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW). It couldn’t possibly be members of the public who are not fully competent in English. On April Fools’ Day 2020, Dr Tufton made a... Continue Reading →
The teaching of West Indian literature at UWI could have enabled the healing of the ruptures of language, culture and society.
Costly high-rise apartments in Kingston 6 are not likely to solve the housing crisis in the city. Many will remain empty for a long time, waiting on wealthy investors.
So a di myal spirit deh pon St Thomas mek plenty a wi tink seh di parish backward. An wi naa see seh St Thomas a one pretty-pretty parish.
So a di maiyal spirit de pan St Thomas mek plenti a wi tingk se di parish bakwod. An wi naa si se St Thomas a wan priti-priti parish.
So it's the myal spirit that's on St Thomas that makes a lot of us think that the parish is backward. And we're not seeing that St Thomas is a beautiful parish.
Instead of avoiding controversy, Ronnie Thwaites should have courageously taken the opportunity to reflect on the function of our local language in public conversations about the educational system; and its use in schools! He knows the power of the language.
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.
In Jamaica, salt fish has become expensive gourmet food. It’s beyond the reach of poor people, except in the cheapest cuts – tail, fin, skin and bones. It’s a pity the vast majority of the descendants of enslaved Africans in Jamaica have not moved up as high in life as salt fish.
Even God speaks ‘Patwa’. And ordinary mortals feel they are too good to read the Bible in ‘Patwa.’ What a thing if and when they get to heaven! I guess they will ask for a transfer to hell if God should dare welcome them in this way: ‘Kom iin, kom iin! Mi glad fi si unu!’
“A word is an encyclopaedia. It tells you about the people who use it, where they come from and what their lives are like.” - Frederic Cassidy