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This article is about the general term. For the Jamaican creole language, see Jamaican Patois. Look learn jamaican patois pdf patois in Wiktionary, the...

This article is about the general term. For the Jamaican creole language, see Jamaican Patois. Look learn jamaican patois pdf patois in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. As such, patois can refer to pidgins, creoles, dialects, or vernaculars, but not commonly to jargon or slang, which are vocabulary-based forms of cant.


The language sense may have arisen from the notion of a clumsy or rough manner of speaking. In France and other Francophone countries, patois has been used to describe non-standard French and regional languages such as Picard, Occitan, and Franco-Proven├žal, since 1643, and Catalan after 1700, when the king Louis XIV banned its use. The word assumes the view of such languages being backward, countrified, and unlettered, thus is considered by speakers of those languages as offensive when used by outsiders.

Many of the vernacular forms of English spoken in the Caribbean are also referred to as patois. It is noted especially in reference to Jamaican Patois from 1934. Jamaican Patois language comprises words of the native languages of the many ethnic and cultural groups within the Caribbean including Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Amerindian, and English along with several African languages.

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