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abbreviation

Jamaica (international vehicle registration).

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There are 2 main definitions of JA in English:

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Pronunciation: /jɑː/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

exclamation

informal
South African term for yes. ‘Let’s go swimming.’ ‘Ja!’ ja, this is the life!
More example sentences
  • Ja, I really can't further comment on it other than what I've said, Alec.
  • 'See here - ja, he got his licence from us.'

Phrases

1

ja well

South African informal Used as an expression of embarrassment, apology, or world-weariness: ja well, you’ve seen it all
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  • Dave's comment on the matter when I told him the story was simply; ‘ja well, now you know why there are not that many hang-gliders and micro-lights flying around in Transkei hey - especially in the mating season!’
  • Ja well, that doesn't work. My will power is weak lol.
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ja well no fine

South African informal Used to express a non-committal, resigned, or ironical attitude.
Example sentences
  • Ja, well no fine! Just been to Lesotho two weeks ago, hey? Mmmm, you like the place, hey? Ja, boet, it's the best!
  • Erm, ja, well, no, fine officer. My son must have stolen it, for I never knew about it. And I certainly never used it!

Origin

Dutch.

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