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The disadvantage of Patois

Published:Tuesday | January 14, 2020 | 12:20 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

It was with extreme difficulty that I was able to read the Sunday Gleaner article, ‘The Patois problem’ by Dr Alfred Dawes on his quest to learn Patois. Myself not being an educated person by any stretch of the imagination, I found it even more difficult to understand.

I get the sense that Dr Dawes was being sarcastic, and although I think I can see his point, the sad thing is that the Patois proponents will take this and run with it as ammunition for their wanting to disadvantage Jamaicans even more by teaching Patois.

I would be willing to wager a bet of one US dollar against 27 doughnuts that these very Patois proponents do NOT speak Patois in their homes when addressing their children.

I will make another bet of a six-pack of Red Stripe against a ‘Q’ of white rum that a vast majority of said Patois proponents have their children in schools abroad where, whether it be Canada, the United States or United Kingdom, they are being taught in English and not in Patois.

To divide and conquer still runs rampant in Jamaica, despite Lincoln’s proclamation to abolish slavery and Westminster declaring Jamaica an independent nation.

JEFFREY DAWKINS