Jafaican

Jafaican, also called Blockney, is a fairly recent dialect (and/or sociolect) of English spoken mainly in inner city London. According to research by Queen Mary, University of London, Jafaican is gaining territory from Cockney/Estuary English.

The word (also written Jafaikan) is a neologism which became prominent in 2006, coined as a portmanteau of the words "Jamaican" and "fake".

It is said to contain many elements from the languages of Jamaica, West Africa and the Indian subcontinent. It was popularised by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen as the gangster-wannabe Ali G. Although the name "Jafaican" implies that it is "fake" Jamaican, researchers indicate that it is not the language of white kids trying to "play cool" but rather that "[it is] more likely that young people have been growing up in London exposed to a mixture of second-language English and local London English and that this new variety has emerged from that mix".[1]. It is also possible that it is a blend of the aforementioned dialects with some Americanisms often used within Rap and Hip Hop culture.

Jafaican is used mainly by young, inner-city working-class people. Others (mainly young) use it to varying degrees mixed with cockney, received pronunciation, or their own ethnic accent. [2].

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A dialect (from the Greek word διάλεκτος, dialektos) is a variety of a language characteristic of a particular group of the language's speakers.
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Cockney rhyming slang is a form of English slang which originated in the East End of London.

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Traditional Cockney rhyming slang works by taking two words that are related through a short phrase and using the first word to stand for a word that rhymes with the
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Motto
"Out of many, one people"
Anthem
"Jamaica, Land We Love"
Royal anthem
"God Save the Queen"

Capital
(and largest city) Kingston

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Birth name Sacha Noam Baron Cohen
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Ali G

Ali G delivering the Class Day speech to the Harvard class of 2004.
First appearance 11 o'clock show
Created by Sacha Baron Cohen
Portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen
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Jamaican English or Jamaican Standard English is a dialect of English encompassing in a unique way, parts and mergers of both American English and British English dialects. Typically it uses British English spellings but does not reject American English spellings.
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