In Jamaican, what does BAMBA CLAT or BAMBA? CLAD mean? Not sure how to spell it sorry.

Meanings seem to vary. According to Urban Dictionary, "bumbaclot" is a severe profanity thought to originate from Jamaica by Peter Tosh, representing the unsanitary nature of the female period (blood clot). It can be used in many contexts, especially to back up a strong statement.

In an interview by CBC News to CBC's Dwight Drummond, who co-hosts CBC Toronto's supper-hour news show and who was born in Jamaica, Drummond says it's one he wouldn't say if his mother were in the room, when asked what is the meaning of "bumbaclot".

"My Mom would be very upset if she heard me say that word. It basically means 'bum cloth' or 'toilet paper' … that's kind of a sanitized way to say it," said Drummond.

Of interest, the Jamaican swear words peppering the latest controversial video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford would pack a much more definite punch if uttered in everyday conversation.

Jamaican Canadians familiar with the patois spoken on their native island say the words "bumbaclot" and "rassclot" have the potential to be extremely offensive in some contexts. Watch the latest Rob Ford video at Winnipeg Free Press.

Updated on Monday, February 03 2014 at 12:31PM EST
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