What does Wagwan mean?

‘Wagwan’ means ‘What’s going on?’

Wagwan” is a Jamaican English term that translates to “what’s going on?“. It is commonly used among Jamaicans and Caribbeans as a form of greeting, particularly towards friends. Its roots can be traced back to Jamaican Patois, a creole language based on English, and it gained popularity around the 1990s.

While “Wagwan” is often used in face-to-face conversation, it has also found its way into digital communication. People use it online or in text messages, maintaining its original intent as a friendly greeting.

Its use is not limited to Jamaica or the Caribbean. It has spread to other parts of the world, including London, where it is frequently used among Jamaican immigrants, especially in the city’s lower-income neighborhoods.

There has been some controversy around the use of “Wagwan” by non-Caribbean individuals, primarily white people. Critics argue this could be a form of cultural appropriation. However, others rebut that argument by suggesting it’s a cultural term used predominantly by the less affluent communities in London, indicating it’s more about cultural context than nationality.

Example for using ‘Wagwan’ in a conversation

Wagwan, how’s it going? Haven’t seen you in ages! 😊

Hey! Yeah, it’s been a while. I’m good, thanks! How about you? πŸ‘

I’m great, just chilling. So, did you watch that new movie everyone’s talking about? πŸŽ₯

Nah, not yet. Wagwan with it? Is it worth watching? πŸ€”