General English


  • adjective a Jamaican code word from the radical self-dramatising slang of rude boys and reggae devotees, crucial became a vogue term of appreciation in London around 1979, first among black youth and later their white imitators. Lenny Henry, the black comedian, brought the word to a wider audience by including it in the scripts of his television series, in the mouth of the character ‘Delbert Wilkins’.