Moving Back to Jamaica

A blog about my Move Back to Jamaica after 20+ years of living in the US. Most of the articles focus on the period from 2005-2009 when the transition was new, and at it's most challenging.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Jamaican Greetings

In spite of the aggressiveness and sometimes harsh nature of life in Jamaica, one of the sweet contradictions lies in how Jamaicans greet each other.

"Blessed" has become a popular greeting that I have never heard in another country. I suspect that its origin lies in the Rastafarian faith.

"Respect" is another greeting that has been around for longer, and is just a typically Jamaican way of sending a clear affirmative signal to another person.

"Yes" or "Yes, Yes" accompanied with a nod of the head are also popular ways of merely affirming that you are recognizing another. Older similar forms include "Easy" and "Cool nuh."

These are warm greetings of well-wishes passed between strangers who are sending positive signals or vibes between each other. They are uttered over the unspoken and unquestioned assumption that we are in each other's lives forever.



At 7/28/2008 10:04 AM, Blogger Ruthibelle said...

It's part of the hospitality that tourists usually fall in love with. Despite what the media portrays, Jamaicans really know how to take a hard life easy... we're very, very friendly and amiable people

At 7/28/2008 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All right star,yuh have the greetings ting down pat.Nuff respect!

At 7/28/2008 12:09 PM, Anonymous ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID said...

Nuff respect my boss!!

At 7/28/2008 6:51 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Hello from New York! You have a very interesting blog. I must come back here again. I like reading about places around the world.

At 7/28/2008 10:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Irie, irie.


At 7/29/2008 6:59 PM, Anonymous JSTAR said...

That's what up. Americans need to become more courteous. Well, at least Americans in the North. The southerners seem to be a little more hospitable.
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