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February 28, 2015
Bad ting neva got owner
Explanation

No one wants to take responsibility for a mistake or bad situation

hard food
Any starchy agricultural product used as food. Examples include, but are not limited to, yams, potatoes, bananas, cassava, pumpkins,...
coolie
A person of East Indian ancestry. Most Caribbean people of East Indian descent can trace their roots back to indentured workers...
kenep
Ovoid green fruit that grows in bunches on trees up to 30m high. The fruit typically ripen during the summer. The fruit is related to...
sugar apple
An edible round, ovoid, or cone shaped fruit around 6-10 cm in diameter, with a lumpy skin. The skin colour changes from bright green...
guinep
Ovoid green fruit that grows in bunches on trees up to 30m high. The fruit typically ripen during the summer. The fruit is related to...
june plum
Ambarella. An edible fruit growing on large trees up to 30m. The fruits have thick, sometimes leathery skin and dendritic (fibrous or...
chiny guinep
Lychee - a sweet fruit native to China. It is similar in structure to the guinep. The outside is covered by a pink-red,...
patoo
The Great Potoo: A nocturnal insectivore bird found in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
 
ackee
Fruit native to West Africa that was introduced to the Caribbean. It is the national fruit of Jamaica, and features prominently in...
A ritually prepared meal of rice intended to trap (tie) a man in a romantic relationship. Women prepare the meal by cooking rice and...
sour cherry
The tree and fruit of Phyllanthus acidus. The intermediate sized tree produces small, flattened, multi-lobed, berries with a high...
pommecythere
Ambarella. An edible fruit growing on large trees up to 30m. The fruits have thick, sometimes leathery skin and dendritic (fibrous or...
jimbilin
The tree and fruit of Phyllanthus acidus. The intermediate sized tree produces small, flattened, multi-lobed, berries with a high...
george william gordon
George William Gordon, (1820-1865) was a Jamaican businessman and politician who was a leading critic of the policies of then...
A liquid weed killer with a reputation as a favoured tool of the suicidal.
 
caraille
Momordica charantia often called bitter melon, bitter gourd or bitter squash in English, has many other local names.
It is a...
pomerac
Otaheite apple; Pear shaped fruit with red skin and white flesh. Typically, they contain a single large seed. However, they may...
An extremely potent overproof rum with a fearsome reputation. It is sold under-the-counter (illegally) and usually available during...
Cursed, forsaken.
pholourie
Savoury fritter made from seasoned split pea flour. Traditionally served with chutney.
dulahin
A hindu bride
escovitch
A process of cooking whereby meat (typically fish) is fried, then doused liberally with a pickling sauce made from vinegar, pimento,...
 
star apple
A round fruit about the size of a tennis ball. It has a glossy leathery skin that is either green, purple, or some combination of the...
tippi tambo
Calathea allouia, also known as leren, is a plant in the arrowroot family, native to Central America. Leren is grown as a minor root...
forty leg
Centipede; Any of a wide set of many legged arthropods. They are venomous, and their bites may have effects ranging from mild...
Literally "hold the dog". A phrase used by visitors to announce their arrival or presence.
chicken hawk
The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a medium sized bird of prey
kaimit
A round fruit about the size of a tennis ball. It has a glossy leathery skin that is either green, purple, or some combination of the...