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July 11 2013

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…I asked the gap-toothed bartender if mosquitoes were a major problem in that part of Portmore.

"Weh yuh really ask mi seh?" he said with dramatic flair. I told him I had always heard jokes about Portmore and mosquitoes, but I didn’t know if they were based on facts of any kind.

"Bredrin, if yuh lef yuh shoes outside ah night, mosquito tek it weh and gone. If yuh lef yuh clothes pon line, dem tek it and go sport," said Milton. I chuckled. “It nuh funny!" he said, pulling for a black plastic bag that had been resting at his feet. Out of it he pulled what looked like a tennis racket.

"Dis is the only ting dat save we in Portmore," he said. “Yuh use it fi zap di mosquito dem. Mind sharp everybody inna Portmore have one. Yuh haffi walk wid it like how yuh walk wid yuh shoes, else dog nyam yuh supper. Or mi should say, else mosquito nyam yuh nose." …

(via Mosquito country - Lifestyle - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | May 14, 2013)

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