My Aunty Roachy seh dat Jamaica people have a whole heap a Culture an Tradition an Birthright dat han dung to dem from generation to generation. All like de great philosophy of we Jamaica proverbs-dem. Mmmm. My Aunty Roachy says that the Jamaican people have a powerful Culture and Traditions and a Birthright that have been handed down to them from generation to generation. Such as the great philosophy of our Jamaican proverbs. Mmmm.
If you didn’t know better, you might have concluded that it was a superhuman power, whether divine or devilish, that had determined the date of the general election. Not Andrew Holness himself!
I carefully pointed out differences between the grammar of English and Jamaican. At the end of one of the classes, an attentive man asked, "Why nobody never teach us like this before?" Perhaps, because the Ministry of Education is satisfied with the status quo.
Unlike Aunty Roachy and Dr. Thompson, Morris Cargill had no respect for the Jamaican language. He dismissed those of us who, as he put it, “would like to see Patois retained as part of our cultural heritage, and believe that it can occupy that honourable place alongside the teaching of standard English”.