Date: Mon, 24 Apr 1995 19:30:36 -0400
From: "Peter L. Patrick" PPATRICK[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET
Subject: Re: South East Missouri /IG-nert/
Interesting line here. I'm familiar with "ignorant" in the meaning
described from Jamaican Creole, eg:
im jos gwaan ignarant "she just acted ignorant"
or im ignarant mi
where it's a verb. It means something like "rude" as Peter said, but
can even be "abus(iv)e": how a person acts who hasn't been brought up
right (no HT, to return to an earlier strain). Cassidy, in "Jamaica
Talk" (1961), calls it "a frequent folk malapropism for 'indignant'"
and indeed it shares some of that feeling. But I think FGC may be
wrong on this: the opposite of ignorance is education, which is
invested with all kinds of wonderful properties in Jamaica including
class, taste and good behavior. (If only it were true!)
This is an interesting case of sharing across the diaspora...