The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘Slang’ as: ‘informal language that is
more common in speech than in writing and is typically restricted to a particular
context or group’. Dictionaries of slang have been produced for some
order to convey the cultural relevance of slang, as it is ‘intrinsic
to the quest of
human culture to express and to renew itself.’ (Clarence Major). Black
culture has been influenced by alternative terms for objects or social language.
Below are five examples. We invite you to add to these to help create an
alternative of black style. E-mail your favourite ‘alternative’ words
take a look at something, pay close attention to something
I understand, I agree, right.
A respectful greeting amongst fellow Rastas or men and women
The Jamaican Patois word for a vest, singlet or sleeveless undershirt.
close mate, good friend
loads of something!
hello, how you doing?
calm down, relax
what's happening/going on