Creole Proverbs
                           published in 1925
     "THE HANDBOOK OF BRISTISH HONDURAS"

  •   Ef'e sa da no him da him; ef'e sa da him da no him.
  •   Too much hurry get dey to-marra.
  •   Tek time get dey ti dey.
  •   Cow know wey weak fence dey.
  •   Greedy choke puppy.
  •   Rocktone da riber battam never know sun hat.
  •   When black man tief, 'e tief piece, when backra tief 'e tief all.
  •   Ebery John Crow tink 'e picknie w'ite.
  •   Dawg hab liberty fi watch gubnor.
  •   Cuss-cuss neber bore hole.
  •   You play wid puppy 'e lik you mout.
  •   Dawg no nyam dawg.
  •   Ebery man know wha' 'e own house leak.
  •   Fus laugh da no laugh.
  •   When fish come from riber battam
   an tell you alligetta habbellyake beleev am.
  •   No ebery ting wey got sugar sweet.
  •   One finger cant kech louse.
  •   Fuss fool da no fool
  •   Sea breeze blow pelikin same place 'e wan go.
  •   If snake bite you wen you see lizard you run.
  •   Coward man keep soun' bone.
  •   Big wod neber brok' man jaw-bone.
  •   Punkin neber bear watermelon.
  •   Fool di tawk, but da no fool di lis'n.
  •   When baby wan' cry, you only lok pan am 'e cry.
  •   Pañia machete cut pon two side.
  •   If crab no wak 'e no get fat, if 'e wak too much 'e lass 'e claw.
  •   Safly, safly tiger keck monkey.
  •   Tann safly better dan baag pard'n.


    Creole Proverbs
                          published in 1925
    "THE HANDBOOK OF BRISTISH HONDURAS"

  •   Wen man got nutt'n fo do, 'e go da subbanna go tell cow marnin.
  •   The higher monkey clim' the mo e expose.
  •   Fe you coco roas.
  •   One one ful basket.
  •   Baag water no bile cow kin.
  •   Ebery day buckit go da well, one day e battam wa drap out.
  •   Man hate you, e gi you baskit fi bak water.
  •   Cakroche neber so drunk fe run pass fowl yard.
  •   Time Langer dan rope.
  •   Tiger mauger but e no sik.
  •   Dis ya time no tan laka befo' time.
  •   Man walk, ded watch am.
  •   When dawg las; you say halligetta tek am.
  •   Wen cakroche mek dance 'e no invite fowl.
  •   Wen puss no dey, rat tek place.
  •   Fisherman neber sa' he fish stink.
  •   Barra gumbo neber play till day-light.
  •   Pashant man ride donkey.
  •   Man tawk too much, he pay he fawda det.
  •   Man ded grass grow da 'e do.
  •   Fire out, puppy roll ina di ashes.
  •   Once a man twice a pickney
  •   Wen rain come John Crow sey 'e whey build house.
  •   Harse ded, cow fat.
  •   Good soup neber meet good fufoo.
  •   No change black dawg fe monkey.
  •   Kittle de cus pat.
  •   Han' some face an good luck no wark ena same road.
  •   Harse whey no gat harn no business ene gallop.
  •   Whey fe happen affu happen.