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wagwan

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The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.
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English

Pronunciation

wā-GWĀN

Etymology

Jamaican or Jamaican English origin, it is contraction of "what is going on".

Interjection

Wagwan

  1. (slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) "What is going on?" (said in greeting).

Usage notes

It is used through out the Jamaican diaspora, including members of the hip-hop culture and reggae music fans. The standard response is nagwan or, "nothing is going on."

References

  • Peckham, Aaron (2007). Mo' Urban Dictionary: Ridonkulous Street Slang Defined, Page 223.

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