I found the following picture on Facebook with a the caption, “If this doesn’t capture #jamaica I don’t know what does. Lol!”
It really does spark a laugh or two, doesn’t it? The pic is reflective of the citizens of Jamaica that aren’t all that versed in English (grammar or spelling, or both).
What’s interesting, though, is that when most Jamaicans think of “grammatically correct” language, they tend not think of Patwa. But it’s a language with rules just like every other. And there are Jamaicans who have very poor Patwa grammar.
But, for most people, the only language that matters is the language of the elite. Or at least, that’s how it seems to me. So, we laugh at this, and believe that Patwa has no place in the serious (or even the sacred).