A DOOR : outdoors.
AGONY : emotional and physical sensations experienced during sex
ALIAS : dangerous, violent
AN : and
ARMAGEDDON : the biblical final battle between the forces of good and evil
ASHAM : n. Parched, sweetened, and ground corn
BABYLON : 1. the corrupt establishment, the “system”, Church and State 2. the police, a policeman
BAD : good, great
BADNESS : hooligan behavior, violence for its own sake
BAGGY : underpants for a woman or child.
BAKRA : white slavemaster, or member of the ruling class in colonial days. Popular etymology: “back raw” (which he bestowed with a whip.)
BALD-HEAD : a straight person; one without dreadlocks; one who works for babylon
BANDULU : bandit, criminal, one living by guile a BANDULU BIZNESS is a racket, a swindle.
BANGARANG : hubbub, uproar, disorder, disturbance.
BATTY : bottom; backside; anus.
BATTYBWOY : a gay person
BEAST : a policeman
BOBO : fool.
BREDREN : one’s fellow male Rastas
BRINKS : title given to a man who is supplying a woman with money
BUBU : fool.
RAS CLOT, BLOOD CLOT : curse words
BUMBO : bottom; backside. A common curse word, especially in combination with CLOT (cloth), a reference to the days before toilet paper.
BUNKS MI RES, catch my rest, take a nap.
(THE) CAT : a woman’s genital
CARD : to fool someone
CEASE & SEKKLE! : stop everything and relax !
CHA ! or CHO ! : a disdainful expletive pshaw ! very common, mild explanation expressing impatience, vexation or disappointment.
CHALICE or CHILLUM : a pipe for smoking herb, usually made from coconut shell or CHALEWA : and tubing, used ritually by Rastas
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”.
COIL : money
COME DUNG : come down, get ready (as to prepare to play a tune)
COOL RUNNINGS : a greeting; things are going smoothly
CROSSES : problems, vexations, trials; bad luck, misfortunes.
CRUCIAL : serious, great, “hard,”, “dread”
CULTURE : reflecting or pertaining to the roots values and traditions highly respected by the Rastas
CUSS-CUSS : a quarrel or fracas, with lots of cursing.
CUTCHIE : pipe for communal smoking.
CYAAN : cannot, can’t
DADA : father
DAN DADA : the highest of DON’S
DAN : than
DARKERS : sunglasses
DAWTA : a girl, woman, “sister,” girlfriend
DEADERS : meat, meat by-products
DI : the
DJEW : a light rain or drizzle.
DOGHEART : a person who is especially cold and cruel
DON : one who is respected, master of a situation
DOWNPRESSOR : preferred term for oppressor
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”
DREADLOCKS : 1. hair that is neither combed nor cut 2. a person with dreadlocks
DREADY : a friendly term for a fellow dread
DUNS/DUNSA : money
DUPPY : a ghost
DUTCHY : dutch cooking pot, low round-bottomed heavy pot.
EASE-UP : to forgive, to lighten up
EVERYTING COOK & CURRY : all is well, all is taken care of
FAS’ : to be fast with, meaning to be rude, impertinent, to meddle with sombody’s business, to be forward…
FEEL NO WAY : don’t take offense, don’t be sorry, don’t worry
FENKY-FENKY : (from finicky) choosy, proud, stuck-up.
FIESTY : impudent, rude, out of order, cheeky.
FIRST LIGHT : tomorrow
(HIM A) FISH : a gay person
FUCKERY : wrong, unfair
FULLNESS, TO THE FULLNESS : completely, absolutely, totally
FUNDS : Money
GANJA : herb, marijuana
GANSEY : t-shirt, any knit shirt
(TO) GET SALT : to be thwarted, to encounter misfortune
GATES : home, yard
GENERAL : cool operator
GLAMITY : a woman’s genitals
GORGON : outstanding dreadlocks
GRAVALICIOUS : greedy, avaricious.
GRINDSMAN : one who displays great prowess in bed
GROUND : home, yard
HACKLE : to hassle, bother, worry, trouble. As a noun, hackling.
HAIL : a greeting
HARD : excellent, proficient, skillful, uncompromising
HERB : marijuana
HITEY-TITEY : upper class, high tone, “stoosh”.
HOOD : penis.
HOT-STEPPER : fugitive from jail or gun court
I-MAN : I, me, mine
I-NEY : a greeting
I-REY : 1. a greeting 2. excellent, cool, highest
I-TAL : vital, organic, natural, wholesome; refers to way of cooking and way of life in colors, red, green and gold. I : replaces “me”, “you”, “my”; replaces the first syllable of seleted words. I and I, I&I: I, me, you and me, we. 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).
IGNORANT : short-tempered, easy to vex, irate.
IRIE : adj. powerful and pleasing
JA, JAM-DOWN : Jamaica
JAH KNOW : Lord knows
JAH : God; possibly derived as a shortened form of Jahweh or Jehovah 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
JAMMIN : to be having a good time, to be dancing calypso/soca
KASS KASS : n. quarrel or contention. From combination of English curse or cuss, and Twi kasa kasa-to dispute verbally
KISS ME NECK ! : common exclamation of surprise.
KOUCHIE : bowl of a chalice or chillum pipe
KU DEH ! : look there !
KU PAN : look at.
KU YA ! : look here !
KU : verb, look !
KYAAN : can’t.
KYAI : to carry.
KYAN : can.
LARGE : respected
LILLY BIT : little bit, tiny
LION : a righteous Dread (1) a great soul (2)
LITTLE MORE : see you later
(TOO) LIKKY-LIKKY : title given to those who like to eat any food they encounter , without discretion
MADDA : mother
MAFIA : big-time criminals
MAGA DOG : mongrel
MAGA : thin (from meagre)
MAAS : n. from master or massa. Now freed from its class origin; a respectful form of address to an older man.
MASSIVE : respected, used with LARGE to add emphasis
MR. T : the boss
NASH : female genatalia
NATTY, NATTY DREAD, NATTY CONGO : 1. dreadlocks 2. a person with dreadlocks
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
NYAM : to eat.
ONE LOVE : a parting phrase, expression of unity
PAYAKA : heathen
PIKNY : pickaninny, child.
POLYTRICKS : politics (by Peter Tosh)
POLYTRICKSTERS : politicians (by Peter Tosh)
PUM-PUM : a woman’s genitals
PUNAANI or PUNNI : a woman’s genitals
RANKING : highly respected
ROCKERS : reggae music (1) reggae music as it is played today, the latest sound.
ROOTS : natural indigenous.
RUDE BOY : a criminal, a hard hearted person, a tough guy
RYAL : royal.
SALT : adjective, broke, empty-handed, low on funds or food, as in “tings salt” or “i’ salt”.
SAMBO : the colour between brown and black; someone who is a cross between a mullatto (brown) and a black.
SANKEY : n. religious song of a paticularly lugubrious tone, sung in the long or common meter. From Ira David Sankey, evangelist and hymnalist.
SATA : to rejoice, to meditate, to give thanks and praise.
SATTA : sit, rest, meditate ,relax.
SEEN : I understand, I agree
SEEN ? : Do you understand ?
SIDUNG : sit down
SISTER, SISTREN : a woman, a friend, woman Rastafarians.
SKETELL : A very loose girl, a ho, Jezebel.
SKIN : rolling paper.
SKIN YOUR TEETH : smile.
SO-SO : only, solely, unaccompanied. Weak, pallid.
SOFT : not well done, amateurish; unable to cope broke, no money.
SPLIFF : large, cone-shaped marijuana cigarette.
STAR : common term of affection, camaraderie.
SUFFERER : a poor person stuggling to survive.
TATA : n. father. Affectionate and respectful title for an oldman. Fram many african languages. Ewe, Ge, N’gombe.
TRANSPORT : vehicle.
TUNTI : female organ.
UPHILL : positive, righteous.
UPTOWN : the upper classes.
VEX : to get angry.
WHEELS : vehicle
WOLF : a non-rasta deadlocks
WOOD : penis.
YARD : home, one’s gates tenement
YOUTH : a child, a young man, an immature man
ZION : Ethiopia, Africa, the Rastafarian holy land