Word for the Travel Wise (09/14/06)

Jamaica FlagTime for a quick run through the islands again – I think it’s been awhile anyway.

Today’s word is a Patois word from Jamaica:

tegareg – someone with no class, uncouth, a hooligan

You can expand your ‘Rasta Patois’ in several ways. The most rewarding way is straight from the horse’s mouth, so you may wish to seek the knowledge from some West Indian folks in your neighborhood. If you can’t learn anything that way due to the low number of West Indian peeps in your circle, try watching films. The Rockers is an awesome and entertaining starting point. The 25th anniversary edition DVD has great features, including a small Rasta Patois dictionary. A good source on the net is Jamaicans dot com and Jahworks seems decent.

Past Patois words:
satta, gwaan, labrish, mash up, budufbaf