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July 24, 2014
All crab fine dey hole
Explanation

Everyone finds their place in life.

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...
hard food
Any starchy agricultural product used as food. Examples include, but are not limited to, yams, potatoes, bananas, cassava, pumpkins,...
jimbilin
The tree and fruit of Phyllanthus acidus. The intermediate sized tree produces small, flattened, multi-lobed, berries with a high...
Someone showing an annoying/comical curiosity upon seeing some gadget for the first time.
A ritually prepared meal of rice intended to trap (tie) a man in a romantic relationship. Women prepare the meal by cooking rice and...
kenepa
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...
An extremely potent overproof rum with a fearsome reputation. It is sold under-the-counter (illegally) and usually available during...
To act unruly or rebellious.
 
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...
coolie
Person of mixed African and East Indian ancestry
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,...
forty leg
Centipede; Any of a wide set of many legged arthropods. They are venomous, and their bites may have effects ranging from mild...
dulahin
A hindu bride
To rap or strike the head with the knuckles. Often used as a means of disciplining or punishing unruly children
patoo
The Great Potoo: A nocturnal insectivore bird found in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
Sweetheart
 
ackee
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...
john crow
Turkey vulture or black vulture. A large carrion feeding bird of prey with a turkey-like bald red or black head.
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...
pomerac
Otaheite apple; Pear shaped fruit with red skin and white flesh. Typically, they contain a single large seed. However, they may...
A fast food meal of fried chicken and french fries.
A small aquatic snail often found attached to rocks in rivers. They are edible and sometimes used as an ingredient in soups
panapen
Tree and fruit native to the Pacific Islands and Malaysia that was brought to the West Indies in the 18th century. The fruit is large...
 
chenet
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...
star apple
Carambola; A fruit with a star shaped cross section. As it ripens it turns from green to yellow. The fruit has a tart taste and is a...
crapo
A cane toad. The cane toad is a large tropical toad originally used as a method of pest control for sugar cane fields because of its...
A man who obsessively seduces and deceives women. A promiscuous heterosexual male.
Grandfather, on father's side
A sucking noise made with the tongue pressed against the teeth used to express annoyance, frustration, or contempt.