Jamaican Sayings


"Mi old, but mi nuh cold"
[Do not underestimate the value of the elderly]

"Every mikkle mek a mukkle"
[Every little bit counts]

"Every dawg has his day and every puss his 4 o'clock"
[Today for me, tomorrow for you]

"Cock mouth kill cock"
[Watch your mouth, it can get in the great trouble!]

"Sorry fi mawga dog, mawga dog wi tun round bite you"
[Sometimes it is those whom we help who are the least grateful

"Duppy know who fi frighten"
[Bullies pick on those who can defend themselves the least]

"De olda de moon, de brigher it shines"
[The older a person is, the wiser]

"Hog say, 'de first dutty water mi ketch, mi wash'."
[Make use of the first opportunities that comes your way]

"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].

"Talk and taste your tongue"
[Think before you speak].

"Cockroach nuh business inna fowl fight"
[Don't get involved in this that don't concerns you]

"One, one coco full basket"
[Do not expect to achieve success overnight, take it slowly]

"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]

"Mi throw mi corn, but me no call no fowl"
[A statement is made, the guilty party will pick it up]

"What sweet nanny goat ago run eeh belly"
[That that appear too good, can hurt you]

"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]

"fire deh a mus-mus tail him tink a cool breeze"
[You may be heading for trouble and don't even realize it]

"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]

"Every hoe have dem stik a bush"
[There's someone out there for everyone]

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]