Jamaicanisms Their Origins



I visited your website (very interesting – all those old-time Jamaicanisms).
I came across a word in the “P” section : “pakkabeow”,
of which I was wondering 
if you knew the origin.
Let’s see if you or anyone agree with me on this.
The Chinese (Hakka) pronunciation is “pak ap beow”.
This, literally translates to
“pigeon lottery”.  In  the old days in China where
this gambling game originated
the results of the daily-run lottery would be delivered
to the “agents” by homing pigeons.
The Chinese word for pigeon is “pak-ap”,
while “beow” means ticket or lottery.
Philippi (Phil Young)

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