What does it mean when Jamaicans say “Respect”?
There are several uses and interpretations for the word “Respect”. Respect is one of the few things people, especially men can offer each other in a challenging economy/culture.
Rasta’s, although less than 3% of the population, seem to be given “ultimate respect.”
If you see a friend who you haven’t seen in a while there may well be a fist bump and a “respect” meaning I’m glad to see you and you are still cool with me’
If someone tries to sell you something you don’t need or want, say, “no man, I’m cool, respect.” which intends to mean “no thanks, I have what I need, but thanks for asking me and I still appreciate you as a human being.”
If you do buy something and get a fair deal, you may conclude with “Tenks, respect.”
If you do the right thing like following through on a deal or tipping a cabbie appropriately, you may get a “respect” back.”
Jamaicans use respect often among their selves which tells you how important it is.
In some ways it’s a bit like namaste which means “I honor the soul within you.”
Life can be hard in Jamaica. Simply expressing your respect for those you meet can go a long way. – Kolya
I say Respect when I’m in Jamaica because I appreciate all they do for my clients to make sure they have a wonderful experience. We need a lot more of this in the United States. More Respect for each other.
Peace, Love and Respect my friends!