Haitians, Meet Jorge: A Haitian Saying Explained
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Haitians, Meet Jorge: A Haitian Saying Explained

N'ap konnen Jorge...

Haitians, Meet Jorge: A Haitian Saying Explained

If you're of Haitian descent, a phrase you've most likely heard from either one of your parents is "Wap kon Jorge." Literally translating to "You will know Jorge," the phrase is basically the equivalent to "Ok, keep playing," "You'll know soon enough," "You'll see," or "You got another thing coming."

The conversation most likely goes like this:

Translation: You're always in the streets. Every morning, afternoon, and night you're out. You think America has no monsters? You'll know soon enough.

So while the saying has been in constant rotation since as long as we can remember, and has been shrugged off by youths like myself since, where exactly did it stem from?

In the September of 1998, Hurricane Georges, an Atlantic-based category four storm, devastated the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. In total, Georges hit about seven countries and claimed the lives of over 600 people, with a third of those casualties being from Haiti alone.

Although Georges did not hit Haiti at full category four magnitude, it caused severe damage to the country's already unstable infrastructure; flooding was prevalent in many areas, mudslides were abundant and reduced many homes to debris which left more than 150,000 people homeless, agricultural lands were obliterated, and Haiti's water supply suffered.

So while the phrase may carry comedic undertones in modern day, nothing about its origins are.

Next time you're told "Wap kon Jorge," let's hope that you won't.

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