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“If yuh cuss Johncrow, peel-head turkey wi bex”

Translation: If you curse John-Crow, peel-head turkey will vex Meaning: Someone will resent criticism that is given to another person with similar problems



“When man lib well, ‘im tell cow ‘howdy'”

Translation: When a man lives well, he tells a cow, ‘How do you do’ Meaning: A person who has no work to do will go into the pasture and say ‘Good Morning’ to a cow. Used against idle people who waste your time



“Puss bruk coconut in a yuh yeye”

Translation: The cat broke a coconut in your eye Meaning: Used as a reproach to a bad mannered person



“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



“When man dead lie down ‘pon him back, dem put ‘pwoil milk over him head”

Translation: When a man is dead upon his back they put spoiled milk over his head Meaning: People often take advantage of someone who is feeble and unable to defend himself



“When bull foot bruk, ‘im nyam wid monkey'”

Translation: When a bull’s foot is broken, he will eat with a monkey Meaning: When misfortune overtakes strong people, they will live with persons that they consider their inferiors



“Anyting tan too long, serve nedda masta”

Translation: Anything that stays too long, will serve another master Meaning: If you don’t make use of something you have, someone else will want it and start using it



“De man all honey, fly wi’ nyam him”

Translation: The man who is all honey, flies will eat him Meaning: People will take advantage of a good natured person



“When fiyah an’ wata mek fr’en’ anybody can lib”

When fiyah an’ wata mek fr’en’ anybody can lib Translation: When fire and water can make friends anybody can live Meaning: If two enemies can make up, then everyone can live in peace



“Fowl nyam done, wipe mout’ a grung”

Fowl nyam done, wipe mout’ a grung Translation: When a fowl is through eating, it wipes its mouth on the ground Meaning: Some people show ingratitude for hospitality