For a small island with an accent as the official “language,” the popularity of Jamaica’s dialect, patois (patwa or patwah), and usage spreads far beyond its borders. For Jamaicans abroad, it’s a way for us to recognize and connect with each other — it’s the same for imitations of the dialect. The fascination with Jamaican patois is altogether cringe worthy, amusing and at times adored — that’s until it’s not done properly. We love being seen, but please do it on our terms. I credit Reggae music and Rastafarianism for the trendy attraction to patois, but let’s not forget Disney’s 1993 motion picture, Cool Runnings