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1. When ashes cold, dog sleep deh


English Translation

When the ashes are cold, even a dog can sleep there.


Definition

Circumstances alter cases.



posted on September 22, 2022


2. Rain neva fall a one man door


English Translation

Rain never falls at one man’s door (only).


Definition

When it rains it rains on all.



posted on September 22, 2022


3. Hungry mi hungry and full full no travel same pass


English Translation

The hungry belly and the full belly don not walk the same road.


Definition

The poor man and the rich man go different ways.



posted on September 22, 2022


4. Too much sidung bruk breeches


English Translation

Sitting down too much wears out one’s trousers


Definition

Idleness leads to wants.



posted on September 22, 2022


5. Pissin Tail


English Translation

Worthless


Definition

Good for nothing, person of no consequence, class or importance


Example Sentences

Patois: Mi an dem pissin tail gyal anuh size
English: Me and those worrthless girls aren't in the same class



posted on September 14, 2022


6. Shoes alone know if the stocking have holes.


English Translation

Shoes alone know if the stocking have holes.


Definition

The wearer alone knows where the shoe pinches.



posted on September 5, 2022




7. Stranger nuh know where di deep water in di pass


English Translation

A stranger does not know where the deep is


Definition

A caution against undertaking to do something you don’t fully understand



posted on September 5, 2022


8. John Crow tink him own pickney white


English Translation

Young John Crow are white when hatched, but do not remain white.


Definition

What is one’s own is always the best



posted on September 5, 2022


9. If you cyaah get turkey you must satisfy wid John Crow


English Translation

If you can’t get Turkey, you must satisfy with John Crow


Definition

If you cannot get what you want, you must be satisfied with that which comes nearest to it in appearance



posted on September 2, 2022


10. Sleep hab no massa


English Translation

Sleep has no master.


Definition

Sooner or later you must sleep.



posted on September 2, 2022


11. Rock stone a ribba bottom nuh feel sun hot


English Translation

A stone at the bottom of the river never feels the heat of the sun.


Definition

Those in easy circumstances do not realize the hardship of others.



posted on September 2, 2022


12. Alligator lay egg, but him no fowl


English Translation

The alligator lays eggs, but he is not a fowl


Definition

Never view a subject from one point only.



posted on August 27, 2022