Yesterday, my brother was singing a Kartel song. As he sang the words “eng op no, biebi” my mother expressed surprised that someone so young would know such a word as “eng”.
Well, Vybz Kartel isn’t all that young, and, as my brother told her, our cousin, who’s a young adult, uses that word.
When I asked her why she was so surprised, she said, “Language evolves.” When I asked her what she expected it to have evolved into by now, she said, “Just ‘hang’.”
Ahhh… I believe my mother inadvertently expressed the old idea that Patois would fade out of use and be replaced by English in time, and with better education. Well… hasn’t happened yet. 🙂
It kom iin laik Patwa naa eng op fi nou.