Rasta Slang Dictionary of Phrases A - C

A GO: aux w/v. going to do, as in "Me a go tell him" 
A DOOR:  outdoors 
ACCOMPONG: n. name of Maroon warrior, Capt. Accompong, brother of Cudjo; also name of town. From the Twi name for the supreme deity 
ACKEE: n. African food tree introduced about 1778. From Twi ankye or Kru akee 
AGONY: the sensations felt during intercourse 
AKS: ask 
ALIAS: adj. (urban slang) dangerous, violent 
AN: than 
ARMAGEDDON: the biblical final battle between the forces of good and evil 
ASHAM: n. Parched, sweetened, and ground corn. From twi osiam 

BABYLON: the corrupt establishment, the "system, " Church and State; the police, a policeman 
BAD: good, great 
BAD BWAI: (bad boy) refering to a bold man; a compliment; One who has committed a crime. (rude bwai, ruddy, baddy) 
BADNESS: hooligan behavior, violence for its own sake 
BAFAN: clumsy; awkward 
BAFANG: a child who did not learn to walk the 1st 2-7 years. 
BAG-O-WIRE: a betrayer 
BAGGY: underpants for a woman or child. 
BALMYARD: n. place where pocpmania rites are held, healing is done, spells cast or lifted 
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 
BAMBA YAY: by and by 
BAMBU: rolling paper 
BAMMY: a pancake made out of cassava, after it has been grated and squeezed to remove the bitter juice. 
BANDULU: bandit, criminal, one living by guile 
BANDULU BIZNESS is a racket, a swindle. 
BANGARANG: hubbub, uproar, disorder, disturbance. 
BANKRA: a big basket, including the type which hangs over the sides of a donkey. 
BANS: from bands; a whole lot, a great deal, nuff, whole heap. 
BASHMENT : party, dance, session 
BAT: butterfly or moth. English bat, the flying rodent, is a rat-bat. 
BATTY: bottom; backside; anus. 
BATTYBWOY: a gay person 
BEAST: a policeman 
BEENIE: little 
BEX: vex (verb), or vexed (adjective). 
BHUTTU (BUHTUH): an uncouth, out of fashion, uncultured person, Use: Wey yu a go inna dem deh cloze? Yu fayva buttu 
BIG BOUT YAH :  Large and in charge.  Superlative indicating status (power, fame, money, talent, etc) within some social group 
BISSY: cola nut. 
BLACK UP: To smoke weed. Like somene would ask "You Black up today?" Meaning did you smoke today? 
BLACKHEART MAN: a rascal, a hooligan 
BLY: chance, "must get a bly", "must get a chance". 
BOASIE: adj. proud, conceited, ostentatious. Combination of English boastful and Yoruba bosi-proud and ostentatious 
BOASIN TONE: Swollen penis or testicles 
BOBO: fool. 
BOONOONOONOUS:  Meaning wonderful. 
BOX:  To smack or to hit in the face. 
BRAA: from BREDDA; brother. 
BRAATA: a little extra; like the 13th cookie in a baker's dozen; or an extra helping of food. In musical shows it has come to be the encore. 
BREDREN: one's fellow male Rastas 
BRINDLE: to be angry 
BRINKS : title given to a man who is supplying a woman with money 
BUBU: fool. 
BUCKY: home-made gun 
BUD : bird. 
BUFU-BUFU: fat, swollen, blubbery; too big; clumsy or lumbering. 
BUGUYAGA: a sloppy, dirty person, like a bum or tramp. 
BULL BUCKA: a bully 
BULLA: a comon sugar and flour cookie or small round cake, sold everywhere in Jamaica. 
(TO GET) BUN: to have one's spouse or girl/boy-friend cheat on oneself, to be cheated out of something 
BLOOD CLOT: curse word 
BUCK UP: meet 
BUMBO: bottom; backside. A common curse word, especially in combination with CLOT (cloth), a reference to the days before toilet paper. 
BUNGO: n. racially pejorative. Crude, black, ignorant, boorish person. From Hausa bunga-bumpkin, nincompoop 
BUNKS: to knock or bump against, from "to bounce", 
BUNKS MI RES, catch my rest, take a nap. 
BWOY: Boy 
(THE) CAT: a woman's genitals 
CALLALOU : A spinach stew. 
CARD : to fool someone 
CEASE & SEKKLE!: stop everything and relax! 
CEPES : (n.) beard 
CERACE: a ubiquitous vine used for boiling medicinal tea, and for bathing. It is proverbial for its bitterness. 
CHA! or CHO!: a disdainful expletive pshaw! very common, mild explanation expressing impatience, vexation or disappointment. 
CHAKA-CHAKA: messy, disorderly, untidy. 
CHALICE or CHILLUM: a pipe for smoking herb, usually made from coconut shell 
or CHALEWA: and tubing, used ritually by Rastas 
CHANT : (v.) - to sing, especially cultural or spiritual songs 
CHEAP: just as cheap, just as well. 
CHIMMY: chamber pot. 
CHO: very common, mild explanation expressing impatience, vexation or disappointment. 
CLAP: hit, break, stride 
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; to hit or strike - from the verb "to clout"; literally means a used tampon 
COCO: a potato-like edible root, known elsewhere as the taro or the eddo. It was brought to Jamaica from the South Pacific. This is completely distinct from cocoa, usually called chocolate. 
COIL: money 
COME DUNG: come down, get ready (as to prepare to play a tune) 
COME EEN LIKE: to seem as if; to resemble. 
CONTROL : to be in charge of, responsible for, to own; to take 
COO 'PON: v. (origin unclear) Look upon! 
COO YAH: v. (origin unclear) Look here! pay attention 
COOL RUNNINGS: usually used at a time of departure on a long journey meaning have a safe trip 
COOLIE: the traditional Jamaican epithet for East Indians. It is never used It is never used for Chinese Jamaicans. 
Usually in the form coolie-man or coolie-oman. It is not considered polite today anymore than the term nega, but it is still used widely in rural areas. 
COLLIE: n. (urban slang) ganja 
COME YAH (cumyu): come here. 
CORK UP: jammed, filled, crowded 
CORN: 1. marijuana 2. money 3. a bullet 
COTCH: verb (cotch up), to support something else, as with a forked stick; to balance something or place it temporarily; to beg someone a cotch, can be a place on a crowded bus seat or bench; or it may mean to cotch a while, to stay somewhere temporarily. 
COTTA: a roll of cloth or vegetation placed on top of the head to cushion the skull from the weight of a head load. 
CRAB: aside from it's usual meaning, it is a verb meaning to scratch or claw. 
CRAVEN: greedy 
CRIS: crisp; popularly used for anything brand-new, slick-looking. 
CRISSARS: crisp, brand-new 
CROMANTY: adj. from Corromantee, Blacks from the Gold Coast believed to be rebellious 
CROCUS BAG:  a very large sack made of coarse cloth, like burlap 
CROSSES: problems, vexations, trials; bad luck, misfortunes. 
CRUCIAL: serious, great, "hard,", "dread" 
CUBBITCH: covetous. 
CUDJO: n. name of famous Maroon warrior; mn born on Monday, from Fante, Twi kudwo 
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. 
CUT YAI: to cut your eye at somebody is a very common means of expressing scorn or contempt, for example; one catches the other person's eye, then deliberatly turns one's own eyes as an insult. 
CUTCHIE: pipe for communal smoking. 
CYAAN: cannot, can't 

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