Word of the day

The word for today is…

patois (noun) – 1. (a) A regional dialect, especially one without a literary tradition.
(b) Nonstandard speech.
2. The special jargon of a group; cant.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “A provincial dialect,” 1640s, from French patois “native or local speech” (13th century), of uncertain origin, probably from Old French patoier “handle clumsily, to paw,” from pate “a paw,” from Vulgar Latin *patta, from notion of clumsy manner of speaking. Compare French pataud “properly, a young dog with big paws, then an awkwardly built fellow”. Especially in reference to Jamaican English from 1934.


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