Short, Funny & Timeless,
Jamaican Sayings & Proverbs

Custom Search




Jamaican sayings (or proverbs) reflects mainly our deep African and European influences.

In usually just one sentence, they tell life's stories, conveying significant approaches and ideas about nature, human behavior, health and religion- from generations to generations.

Jamaican proverbs & proverbs As amusing and cool they usually are, they seek to inject the notion of respect and patience with each other.

New! Check out my 'Jamaica Travel Guide'

Understanding what we are saying however assumes some level of familiarity with the Jamaican culture.

So here are a few of them with their perceived (in English) meanings:

    Jamaican Saying and Proverbs
  1. "Mi old, but mi nuh cold" [Do not underestimate the value of the elderly]
  2. "Every mikkle mek a mukkle" [Every little bit counts]
  3. "Every dawg has his day and every puss his 4 o'clock" [Today for me, tomorrow for you]
  4. "Cock mouth kill cock" [Watch your mouth, it can get in the great trouble!]
  5. "Sorry fi mawga dog, mawga dog wi tun round bite you" [Sometimes it is those whom we help who are the least grateful
  6. "Duppy know who fi frighten" [Bullies pick on those who can defend themselves the least]
  7. "De olda de moon, de brigher it shines" [The older a person is, the wiser]
  8. "Hog say, 'de first dutty water mi ketch, mi wash'." [Make use of the first opportunities that comes your way]
  9. "One eye man a king in blind man country". [No matter how bad your situation seems, there is always another for whom things are worse].
  10. "Talk and taste your tongue" [Think before you speak].
  11. "Cockroach nuh business inna fowl fight" [Don't get involved in this that don't concerns you]
  12. "One, one coco full basket" [Do not expect to achieve success overnight, take it slowly]
  13. "Chicken merry; hawk deh [is] near" [Be careful when things are going too good for you as its always possible that danger is around the corner]
  14. "Mi throw mi corn, but me no call no fowl" [A statement is made, the guilty party will pick it up]
  15. "What sweet nanny goat ago run eeh belly" [That that appear too good, can hurt you]
  16. "See and Blind, Hear and Deaf" [Sometimes you need to give a deaf ear, and turn a blind eye to things in order to not get involved]
  17. "fire deh a mus-mus tail him tink a cool breeze" [You may be heading for trouble and don't even realize it]
  18. "Yuh tink a one day monkey want wife?" [Do think you won't need my help in the future? Never forget those who help you]
  19. "Every hoe have dem stik a bush" [There's someone out there for everyone]
  20. And finally, "Wanti, wanti, cyan getti, getti, getti nuh want it" [Count your blessings and do not take what you have for granted- others may just be hoping they had what you have]
Enjoy these Jamaican sayings and proverbs, but listen to the message in them as well- and learn.

Back To Top of Jamaican Sayings


You may also find these pages very helpful as well: Make sure you subscribe to my free monthly e-zine My Island Jamaica Digest (MIJD) and stay with the latest from Jamaica!

Didn't find exactly what you were looking for?
Click Here to do a quick search of the entire site

Like What You Read?

If so, please join my special friends list and receive exclusive monthly updates, tips, trivia and stories from lovers of Jamaica!

PLUS get a FREE COPY of my eBook, 101 Intriguing Facts About Jamaica! Just enter your email & first name below:

Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)
Then

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you My Island Jamaica Digest.
copyscpe

It's Your Turn!  :-)

I want to hear from you, yes YOU.
Please click here to get started, right now.

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.
Top Of Page

Click Here (below) To Search For More Info!



Hosting an event or having a promotion?

Click Here and get your message before the eyes of over 150,000 website fans (Free)


What Makes Jamaica Special?

Sports
Food
Reggae
People
Blue Mountain Coffee
Beaches
Other

Special Invitation


Here too is my special invitation for you to join my 'Jamaica Friends' list called MyIslandJamaicaDigest.


Do so now and get a FREE copy of my book...

SIMPLY ENTER...
Email

First Name

Then

Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.
Love & Thnx
- Wellesley





Travel Guide


Here's How To Truly Enjoy Jamaica -Safely! GET YOUR JAMAICA INSIDER GUIDE NOW! Jamaica Insider Guide -Download it right now ! CLICK HERE to get YOUR copy instantly!

Do Like I Did, Start YOUR Own Business
- Part-Time! Click Here


Friendly Links


  1. Our Partners & Friends
  2. Catcha Falling Star Villas
  3. Wade Hilton Jamaican Author
  4. The Jamaica Real Estate Guide
  5. Medicinal Herbs-4u.com
  6. DancehallReggaeWorld.com
Interested in becoming a partner? email me here

Stay In Touch



Buy Me A Drink


(Click on the drink below)