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Jamaican Proverbs on Prosperity

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

Ants falla fat.
TRANSLATION: Ants follow fat.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Success generates more success.

Di yeye of di massa fatten di haas.
TRANSLATION: The eyes of the master fatten the horse.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Always pay attention and be on the lookout for potential opportunities.

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

Kitchen dressa fall dung mawga dawg laaf.
TRANSLATION: Kitchen dresser falls down, meager dog laughs.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Unforeseen or unexpected 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: Great good fortune can often come from the unlikeliest of places.

Dawg no owl ef im hab bone
TRANSLATION: The dog does not howl if he has a bone
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: 1. People that are comfortable find it hard to be upset about those less fortunate. 2. It’s hard for people to get involved in issues or take action about something unless it directly affects them.

Big sheet mek man sleep late
TRANSLATION: A thick blanket causes a man to sleep late.

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