Word for the Travel Wise (07/13/06)

Word to the wise: Don’t go running up and down the island of Jamaica shouting today’s vocabulary bit. If what my friend tells me is true and this word only means what it does, then it isn’t all that bad. Still, I seriously doubt you’ll make any friends carrying on saying this, but you may get a laugh from the right person or a bad man eye from the wrong one.

Today’s word is a Patois word from Jamaica:

budufbaf – fat girl

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