Speak JA


Do all your Jamaican friends laugh at you every time you open your mouth and try to speak Jamaican? Jamaicanize your vocabulary here with our words that start with P
If you don’t see a term, tell us and we’ll put it up.

paadi: a partner, a friend, a buddy
pasa pasa: mix up
pat: pot
panqoote: low class. Someone who does something unqoote

Partnah/Partner – This is an agreement formed between a few people to put a specific amount into a pool each week. Every week someone from the group gets to ‘draw’ the total from the pool. The number of people in the pool in most cases determines the number of weeks the pool lasts before a new cycle. Every person has to get a draw.

papaa: pawpaw fruit
patu: very black, an owl
peenywally: firefly
peer: avocado
penitrate: understand
picky picky: choosy, fickle, sparse
pickney/pickni: child, children
poco, pocomania: this is a christian revival with druming and othe rituals that has African roots.
poco woman: a woman who practices pocomania.
pon: on
poppyshow: laughable, ridiculous, show off
prefa: prefer
pree: to stare, to watch, watch this
prento: apprentice, a mentee
punany: genitals, female
pumpum: genitals, female
putto putto: very soft
puttus: sweetheart, honey bunch. An affectionate term.
pupalick: to somersault
pwile: spoil
pyaa pyaa: sickly, feeble

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Dulcimer "Peaches" Robothom