One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the West Indies) a flat roll or pancake made from cassava flour.
- ‘I learned a little trick with the bammy some time ago.’
- ‘That was cool and we put down a few rums and beers while we had fried fish and bammy to eat.’
- ‘White smoke billowed from the chimney at the Sistine Chapel, and, in case the faithful had mistakenly formed the opinion that the cardinals were merely frying up some escoveitched fish and bammy, bells began to peal!’
- ‘Had a nice fried snapper with bammy.’
- ‘Anyway - tomorrow morning I get to make ackee and saltfish and bammy for breakfast.’
Probably from a West African language.
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