Jamaican Proverbs

Jamaican Proverbs on Prosperity

Do you know what the proverb “Ants falla fat ” means? Learn it’s meaning in our Jamaican Proverbs on ” Prosperity “.

Ants falla fat.
TRANSLATION:Ants follow fat.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Prosperity generates action.

Di yeye of di massa fatten di haas.
TRANSLATION:The eyes of the master fatten the horse.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS:  1. Careful attention ensure success  2. A attentive eye makes things prosper.

Belly full pitata hab kin.
TRANSLATION: Belly full potato has skin.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Being selective during times of prosperity.

Kitchen dressa fall dung mawga dawg laaf.
TRANSLATION:Kitchen dresser falls down, meager dog laughs.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Unforeseen good Fortune.

Ooman luck deh a dungle heap, fowl cratch eeh out.
TRANSLATION:A woman’s luck is in the garbage, a fowl scratches it out.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Sometimes concealed good fortune can be discovered by chance.

Dawg no owl ef im hab bone
TRANSLATION: The dog does not howl if he has a bone
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: The dog is an animal which is very fond of bones, and is not likely to appear miserable if it has bones to gnaw on.  Similarly, people do not become upset or agitated if they are comfortable. It is also difficult for some persons to lobby against issues which do not directly concern them.
People who have what they want do not complain about things that don’t have a direct impact on them; they are unwilling to upset the status quo.

Big sheet mek man sleep late
TRANSLATION: A thick blanket causes a man to sleep late.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: An over-abundance of luxuries causes one to become complacent, and to take life’s blessings for granted.
When you are too comfortable, you become complacent.

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