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Mi granny always used to seh…Jamaican Proverbs

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xavier[email protected]
Wednesday, April 07, 1999 – 1:56 PM

Yuh mus be tink seh mi born behind cow!!!

Avery[email protected]
Wednesday, April 07, 1999 – 3:16 PM

Learn fi dance a yard before yuh go abroad…..

Avery[email protected]
Wednesday, April 07, 1999 – 3:25 PM

Chicken merry! Hawk deh near…

Avery[email protected]
Wednesday, April 07, 1999 – 3:38 PM

But unu see my dying trial?!?!?!

Avery[email protected]
Wednesday, April 07, 1999 – 3:39 PM

Children should be seen but not heard….

Suzanne Morrison[email protected]
Wednesday, April 07, 1999 – 4:01 PM

Fire de a mus mus tail, and him tink a cool breeze

A long time dem married, dem just neve church
(For those couples living together without the benefit of marriage)

First water hog ketch him wash

If’n you caan ketch quashie, then ketch him shut.

Avery[email protected]
Wednesday, April 07, 1999 – 4:34 PM

Mi neva born when mi madda gone a market….

Whey sweet nanny goat ago run him belly…

When trouble tek yuh, pickney shut fit yuh…

Marie
Wednesday, April 07, 1999 – 5:01 PM

Hard ears pickney, poopoo likkle.

Turn salt through a wooden spoon.

Dem mek I faat wid shame.

If yuh wan good, yuh nose haffi run.

hunter[email protected]
Wednesday, April 07, 1999 – 8:24 PM

te dey fe meh tomorrow feh yuh

Avery[email protected]
Thursday, April 08, 1999 – 10:18 AM

one one cocoa, full basket…

whey sweet yuh gwine sour yuh…

sarry fi mauga dog, mauga dog tun roun bite yuh…

see an’ blind. hear an’ deaf…

Sue[email protected]
Thursday, April 08, 1999 – 10:52 AM

cockroach no business in a fowl fight

Puss and dog nuh have de same luck

Dog know who fe bite and Duppy know who fe frighten

You head faver something whey joncrow draw brakes through

Whey mek you head faver senseh fowl nest

It so early, cock no even put on him draws yet!

Nicole Evans[email protected]
Thursday, April 08, 1999 – 11:33 AM

If goat did know di size ah him batty-hole, him wouldn’ swallow mango seed.

Avery[email protected]
Thursday, April 08, 1999 – 2:23 PM

Short road draw blood. Long road draw sweat…

Mi trow mi corn, mi neva call noh foul…

Leonie[email protected]
Thursday, April 08, 1999 – 4:34 PM

Every hoe hab him tick a bush

What is fi yuh can be unfiyuh

Everyday bucket go a well, one day im battam mus drop out

Si yah pickney, dont look pan mi wid dat tone a vice.

Avery[email protected]
Thursday, April 08, 1999 – 5:17 PM

See mi a one, come live wid mi is annada…

marsha
Friday, April 09, 1999 – 2:48 AM

gal kibber you mouth

marsha[email protected]
Friday, April 09, 1999 – 2:51 AM

gal kibber you mouth

Avery[email protected]
Friday, April 09, 1999 – 9:31 AM

Yuh lay wid dog, yuh muss rise wid flee…

Yuh wing soon clip…

Marcia[email protected]
Friday, April 09, 1999 – 9:52 AM

yu tink me born big so, it a so me noh woulda kill me madda

Reneenen[email protected]
Sunday, April 11, 1999 – 7:11 PM

dog a shine teet laugh afta butcha

im black like five pas midnight

you tink say mi sleep a fia side

First Human[email protected]
Monday, April 12, 1999 – 11:21 AM

Yuh will soon find out how water walk go a pumpkin belly

Jammlove
Tuesday, April 13, 1999 – 12:12 AM

hard ears pickney ynam rock stone

yu teet kin like dem trow dawg fire tick

suzanne[email protected]
Tuesday, April 13, 1999 – 9:07 AM

Shine eye gyal is a trouble to a man

Cut eye cut eye cyan cut me in two

Normsi[email protected]
Tuesday, April 13, 1999 – 9:39 AM

1. Wha gone bad a maning, cant come good a evening!
2. Ben de tree when it young

Alrene[email protected]
Tuesday, April 13, 1999 – 1:18 PM

hard ears pickney go a market two times !!!

 

Nicky[email protected]
Wednesday, April 14, 1999 – 9:13 AM

-Before good food waste, mek belly buss

-Yuh gwey gi weh yuh ass and shit trough yuh ribs!

Avery[email protected]
Wednesday, April 14, 1999 – 11:30 AM

If the cap fits, wear it…

Yuh soon know what God yuh serve…

You know what side your bread butta pon….

Your bread butta two side, so yuh alright…

If yuh caan hear, den yuh muss feel…

Jump outta frying pan and jump inna fire…

Jenny[email protected]
Wednesday, April 14, 1999 – 12:01 PM

Mi force pickney fi wok, mi nuh force dem fi nyam

Jenny[email protected]
Wednesday, April 14, 1999 – 12:03 PM

Yuh lie like wen cork a float pan waata top

Jenny[email protected]
Wednesday, April 14, 1999 – 12:04 PM

Mi force pickney fi wok, mi nuh force dem fi nyam

Avery[email protected]
Wednesday, April 14, 1999 – 2:17 PM

Scornful dog nyam dutty puddin’…

natalie
Wednesday, April 14, 1999 – 10:32 PM

seven different bratta seven different mind…

natalie
Wednesday, April 14, 1999 – 10:34 PM

hang your baskit where you can ketch it….

kim
Thursday, April 15, 1999 – 9:32 AM

mi luk like boar nose coolie?

michelle[email protected]
Thursday, April 15, 1999 – 11:50 AM

If yu tink yu badda dan me… you can come try me

yu coulda bawl blood… me no business

but see ya pickney

if is one minute past midnight yu a go do it today

ah no ask me ah ask yu… a tell me a tell yu

if yu lie yu wi theif

 

Marjorie[email protected]
Thursday, April 15, 1999 – 4:13 PM

Tan an see no pwile no dance, only interferance

weh eye no see, heart no leap

 

 

 

Nikki[email protected]
Thursday, April 15, 1999 – 5:24 PM

Stir i, papa, Stir i
Suga de a de battom

Tracey-Ann Baxter[email protected]
Thursday, April 15, 1999 – 11:07 PM

Nuh try nuttin, mi ave eyes eena di back a mi head

Jharrison[email protected]
Friday, April 16, 1999 – 12:16 AM

If you can’t be good, be carful

Andrew[email protected]
Friday, April 16, 1999 – 8:18 AM

Yuh eyes bigga dan yuh stomach

craven choke puppy

de dolly ‘ouse mash up

 

Avery[email protected]
Friday, April 16, 1999 – 4:13 PM

Mi soon suit yuh sorrows…

Noh draw mi tongue in yah today…

Teet and tongue muss meet…

Yuh soon get sumting fi cry fah…

Barking dog, seldom bite…

O’Pal Doubleday[email protected]
Saturday, April 17, 1999 – 5:31 PM

High seat kill Miss Thomas pus.

So mi get it, so mi sell it. No profit.

Sonia Thomas
Saturday, April 17, 1999 – 11:19 PM

Dog have money buy cheese

Dawn
Monday, April 19, 1999 – 9:50 AM

Den you no born inna me han?

Look ow long me know yuh, mi know yuh fram before oonoo born.

Alesia Williams[email protected]
Monday, April 19, 1999 – 7:11 PM

“Mi granny always used to seh…”: when platin wan dead it shoot.

Suzanne[email protected]
Tuesday, April 20, 1999 – 2:28 PM

Idle jackass follow cane trash go a market

Suzanne[email protected]
Tuesday, April 20, 1999 – 2:28 PM

Idle jackass follow cane trash go a market

Avery[email protected]
Wednesday, April 21, 1999 – 10:42 AM

Devil find work fi idle hands….

 

wendy young[email protected]
Wednesday, April 21, 1999 – 12:08 PM

“who won’ hear will feel”

beluved
Thursday, April 22, 1999 – 9:40 AM

Wha noh kill fattin’

mi trow mi carn, but mi noh kall noh fowl

Gina[email protected]
Thursday, April 22, 1999 – 1:36 PM

Scornfull dog nam duty pudding..!!

 

Gina[email protected]
Thursday, April 22, 1999 – 1:38 PM

Cow neva know de use a em tail until fly start tak it…

gina[email protected]
Thursday, April 22, 1999 – 1:43 PM

You help maga dog..em tun roun bite you

Yolande Franklin[email protected]
Thursday, April 22, 1999 – 2:32 PM

“a nuh the same day leaf drop ina water it a go rotten!”

Dawn
Friday, April 23, 1999 – 10:22 AM

Look how lang me know yuh, me know yuh fram before you was born.

Every mickle mek a muckle.

jackie hewitt[email protected]
Friday, April 23, 1999 – 9:59 PM

“what sweet nanny goat going run him belly”

another saying she always seh

“chicken merry, hawk deh near”

jackie hewitt[email protected]
Friday, April 23, 1999 – 10:00 PM

“what sweet nanny goat going run him belly”

“chicken merry, hawk deh near”

debbie
Saturday, April 24, 1999 – 8:27 AM

She stush nuh puss back foot

Tun you han mek fashun

mistake is new style

Colleen Barrett[email protected]
Saturday, April 24, 1999 – 1:57 PM

Deaf ears gi liad trouble.

Christa Coore-Powell[email protected]
Sunday, April 25, 1999 – 3:30 PM

If yu waan good yu nose haffi run
Don’ grudge nobody fi nuttin’

Nataliee Savarono
Sunday, April 25, 1999 – 3:59 PM

in a fi we days we neva hav all a dis ya tings.

wha neva reveal ina year come to light ina day.Emeka
Sunday, April 25, 1999 – 5:36 PM

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Avery[email protected]
Monday, April 26, 1999 – 5:30 PM

What is done in di dark, muss come to light…

No mek nobady mek yuh haffi beat yuh chest (for those “he say, she say” situations).

Yuh betta come down offa yuh high horse…

Avery[email protected]
Tuesday, April 27, 1999 – 2:14 PM

Him don’t know A from bull foot…

gina[email protected]
Tuesday, April 27, 1999 – 2:39 PM

If you no mash ants you nu find em gut!!

Idle cane bump ca jackass go a pound

Carb walk a road too much em loose em claw

A no one day monkey a go wa wife

Johncrow wa go a lowad see breeze push em fassa

Good things comes to he who waits

gina[email protected]
Tuesday, April 27, 1999 – 2:59 PM

De higher monekey climb de more em expose

You no have blue boot fe go climb 11 step

De early morning bird catch de worm

Too many play mek jack a dull boy

You fe see a blind hear a def

 

gina[email protected]
Tuesday, April 27, 1999 – 4:45 PM

1) Falla fashing dog neva boil good soup..
2) Look pan pat a cuss kettle black…
3) Shine eye gal is a trouble to a man..
4) de blacka de berry de sweeta de juice..
5) yuh ca mek a mountain outta a mole heep..
6) yuh neva see smoke wed out fire yet..
7) cleanselyness is a part of godlyness…

 

 

 

gina[email protected]
Tuesday, April 27, 1999 – 5:38 PM

1) Small axe fall big tree..
2) Weastful waste mek woeful want..
3) Charity begins at home..
4) De man who last laugh..laughs the best..
5) Every mickle mek a muckle…
6) A friend in need..is a friend indeed..
7) Puss a dog no ha de same luck..
8) Yuh nuffe spear de rod and spoil de child..

 

gina[email protected]
Tuesday, April 27, 1999 – 6:01 PM

1) Is not de man weh shit a road remember it…is de one
weh step inna it.
2) One hand ca kill louse..
3) Yuh ca let go door fe hole post..
4) Howdy and thankyou no brok no square..
5) Yuh dunce like bat..
6) Every hoe have dem stick a bush..
7) You ca climb tree from top..
8) Shut mouth no catch fly..
9) When yuh here fool a talk shake fire stick..
10) Em teeth rusty like fe jackass..
11) If yuh live in a glass house yuh nuffe throw stone..
12) Spit in de sky it fall inna yuh face..
13) Everybody pot no ready same time…
14) Tek time draw yuh han outta aligetor mouth..
15) No dash way yuh stick before you cross de bridge..
16) Yuh musn’t tek on big wok if yuh no know how fe handle it.

gina[email protected]
Wednesday, April 28, 1999 – 12:23 PM

1) come hell or high water..
2) Yuh are your mother’s sorrow and your father’s woe..
3) Craven dog always loose em bone..
4) Once bitten, twice shy..
5) Puss brok coconut inna yuh eye..
6) Yuh ca buy puss inna bag..
7) Smell yuh daddy renking powda..
8) Neva bite de hand weh feed yuh..
9) If yuh tink yuh bad, come touch a button..
10) Yuh face feva when chimmey go a war a come back..
11) Yuh ca reap in yuh corn if yuh neva sow none..
12) Yuh too likki likki..
13) Kiss me mumma knee boot..
14) Chip nuh fall from black..
15) When fox ca get de grape em say it sour..
16) A bad workman quarrell wed em tool..
17) Yuh mouth white like when jackass a nam starch…
18) Yuh neva miss de water till de well run dry..

 

Shireen Templeton[email protected]
Thursday, April 29, 1999 – 3:47 PM

Bottom nah tell yu fi get up!

Gina[email protected]
Friday, April 30, 1999 – 2:51 PM

chip nuh fall far from block..

mermaid
Friday, April 30, 1999 – 2:59 PM

pickney, yuh a drink mad puss piss?

susan
Friday, April 30, 1999 – 3:40 PM

de horse weh yuh a ride, a no it mi a saddle…

susan
Friday, April 30, 1999 – 3:49 PM

pride goeth before a fall..
mi have one deggay one..
a nuh something weh a go a something weh a come..
one hand can’t clap..

susan
Friday, April 30, 1999 – 3:51 PM

yuh feva neva see come see susan
Friday, April 30, 1999 – 3:52 PM

“If anybody eva see mi dying crosses”

Avery[email protected]
Friday, April 30, 1999 – 3:53 PM

Yuh have too much iron a fire…

Who feels it, knows it…

Him juss change like green lizard…

Neva see, come see…

…When dish claat tun table claat…

Showoff always bring disgrace…

Fly high or fly low…

Come hell or high wata…

Him wi tief milk outta coffee.

You tek my foolish advice… diannect7
Friday, April 30, 1999 – 3:52 PM

“jordan riva!!!”

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