hypertropin

“Crab sey ‘im nuh trust nuh shadder after dark”

Translation: The crab says he does not trust any shadow after dark Meaning: Don’t be too eager to make assumptions when the situation is uncertain. Also expressed as “Crab sey ‘im nuh trust nuh shadder after dark, not even ‘him brudder-in-law, Lobster” What he thinks is a shadow of a claw, may be a man’s […]



“If yuh see everybody a run, tek time”

Translation: If you see everybody running take your time Meaning: You may get into trouble following others; don’t be too quick to find out the source of the excitement



“A nuh same day leaf drap it rotten”

Translation: It is not the same day a leaf falls, that it rots Meaning: Meant as a threat against one who tries to take advantage of another’s misfortune, implying that the unfortunate one is not entirely helpless



“Nuh let mudfish tail touch wata”

Translation: Don’t let a mudfish’s tail touch water Meaning: Used as a threat to a troublesome person



“Feel before yuh mount”

Feel before yuh mount Translation: Feel before you mount (a horse) Meaning: Take the time to look out for possible challenges or danger before you act



“If yu bawn fi heng, yu cyaan drown”

If yu bawn fi heng, yu cyaan drown Translation: If you were born to be hanged, you cannot drown Meaning: Whatever is your destiny, it will be fulfilled



“Yuh get inna daag corn piece”

Yuh get inna daag corn piece Translation: You have got yourself into a dog’s cornfield Meaning: Someone getting into serious difficulties by venturing into dangerous territory



“If I don’t ketch yuh a moonshine I will ketch yuh a dark nite”

“If I don’t ketch yuh a moonshine I will ketch yuh a dark nite” Translation: If I don’t catch you at moonshine I will catch you at dark night Meaning: Implies a threat to someone that they will be caught when they are off-guard



“Doah yuh cyaan stop flyin’ crow feader from drop, yuh can ‘inder crow from meck nes’ pon yuh head top”

Doah yuh cyaan stop flyin’ crow feader from drop, yuh can ‘inder crow from meck nes’ pon yuh head top Translation: Although you cannot stop a flying crow from dropping his feathers, you can stop the crow from making a nest on your head Meaning: Although you may not be able to stop some problems, you can […]



“Idle jackass go a pound”

Idle jackass go a pound Translation: A stray jackass is taken to the animal pound Meaning: People who waste time can get into trouble