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Colloquially Jamaicans refer to their home island as the "Rock". Slang names such as "Jamrock", "Jamdown" or briefly "Ja", have derived from this. The word Jamaica, is derived from the Arawak word Xaymaca, which means "land of wood and water" or "land of springs". Although the official language is English, most Jamaicans speak an English-based dialect which is known as patois.