It’s April 1 folks, All Fools Day. The day of the year when traditionally family members, friends and even complete strangers would play pranks on unsuspecting – and can we say gullible? – persons just for the fun of it. Foolishness! (Come on, the day is called All Fool’s Day and someone comes to you with some insane story and you believe them?! Tsk, tsk, tsk!)
How do we combat this foolishness? Jamaican folk wisdom, in the form of our proverbs, has the solution.
Proverb: “Ef donkey bray aftah yuh, nuh bray aftah ‘im.”
Meaning: Do not pay attention to the taunts of a foolish person.
Proverb: “Mek one jackass bray.”
Meaning: Do not add to the foolishness spoken by others.
Proverb: “Nuh mek one donkey choke yuh.”
Meaning: Do not allow yourself to be misled by a fool.
Proverb: “Fool-fool pickney mek fowl get wey from ‘im two time.”
Meaning: Do not allow yourself to be fooled in the same way more than once.
Remember folks, our history echoes all around us … even in our speech.
Until next time…