Date: Fri, 14 Mar 1997 19:15:08 -0600 From: Ditra Henry Subject: Re: dey teef meh quats dem GRANT, although I am not a new subscriber, I will be unsubscribing to the list because I will have to submit a change in address. So , Since I will be a renewed subscriber,I decided to respond to your question number two only--- that read: -- On Mon, 10 Mar 1997, Grant Barrett wrote: > Before new subscribers can be added to the ADS List, they must meet the following requirements. These rules go into effect immediately. > > 2. Explain what "Dey teef meh quats dem" means to Crucians. You automatically become a qualified ADS-L subscriber if you offer to fund a "fact-finding" mission to the appropriate part of the Caribbean and take at least 20 current members with you. > I'm sorry I can't offer the fact finding mission to the Carribean, but I can offer some very good sources here in Chicago. Of course any of you are welcome to fact find here about it in the Caribbean Academic Program at Evanston Township High School or in my neighborhood where there are many folks from the Caribbean. However, I might even be of some assistance. First of all, are you sure the word is quats (kwats) and not kwati? And the translation would be in American English ( somebody stole my last little thing). The word kwati is in a old Jamaican Folk song however mi nuh nua i naim. But the song goes like this: Karri mi aki goa Linstead Maakit notta kwati wud sel everyboddi cum fiel-up fiel-up notta kwati wud sel so kwati a mien- not won likkle ting a sel or not one penny farthing depending on who you ask.