Do you know what the proverb “Dem like batty an’ bench” means? Learn its meaning in our Jamaican Proverbs on “Friends.”
Dem like batty an’ bench.
TRANSLATION: They are like bottom and bench.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Refers to two people that always seem to be together.
Good fren betta dan packet money.
TRANSLATION: A good friend is better than pocket money.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: True friends are rare and are more valuable than money.
Han’ guh packie cum.
TRANSLATION: Hand goes and a packet comes.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Exchanging gifts with someone.
New broom sweep clean, ole broom know kawna.
TRANSLATION: New broom sweeps clean old broom knows the corners.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: 1. Favoring a new friend over an old one. 2. Combining old methods with new innovations.