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Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by ToyosiR(f): 11:19am On Mar 17, 2010
EKU IKALE

SE A JIIRE BII?

TIREEDI YI WA FUN AWON TI WON MOO LILO OWE LATI LE FII KO AWA TII AMOO. NITORI WIPE OOWE LESIN ORO. ORO SI LESIN OWO.

( this thread is for those who know the usage of idioms in other to teach those who don't) because ,

OOYAA KAALOO.


WE MIGHT EXPLAIN THE MEANING IN ENGLISH AS WELL TO HELP THE LESS PRIVELEDGE LIKE ME.

1. SONN LAARIN AJE NII MUNII PEKORO


MEANING /USAGE

To tell someone to go straight to the point and stop perambulating.
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Akanniade(m): 4:46pm On Mar 26, 2010
1. SONN LAARIN AJE NII MUNII PEKORO

necessities makes one cut corners.
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Moyola(f): 6:51pm On Mar 26, 2010
Ejowo! Idiom {iso oro} yato sii Proverb {owe} beeni abi beeko? undecided
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by dominique(f): 10:36pm On Mar 26, 2010
God bless you poster kiss kiss
keep them idioms it coming smiley
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Idowuogbo(f): 6:00am On Mar 28, 2010
@ op

aja to ba fe sonu on gbo fere ode
(a person who is shown d route decides 2 get lost)

ojo to ro lo pe eye le ati adiye papo
(na condtion make crayfish bend)lol
some circumstances brings a clash of persona
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by biina: 7:40am On Mar 28, 2010
Idowuogbo:

ojo to ro lo pe eye le ati adiye papo
(na condtion make crayfish bend)lol
some circumstances brings a clash of persona
ojo to ro lo ko eye-ile ati adiye papo
Lit Trans: It is the rain that makes the pigeon share abode with the hen/chicken.
Uncontrollable circumstances makes one bear some (lesser) company you would rather not keep.
Its often used in a derogatory tone.
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by biina: 7:58am On Mar 28, 2010
Pansa o fura, pansa ja! Aja of fura, aja jin! onile ti o ba fura, ole ni oko
Lit Trans: The dried calabash was careless hence it was plucked! The attic/rafters was careless hence it caved in! The head of the household that is not careful will be cleaned out by thieves.
Meaning:You need to be careful/attentive ot to fall into ruin.
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by biina: 8:23am On Mar 28, 2010
Asoro iyanro ni o pa elenpe isaju ti o ni igba wuwo ju awo lo
Lit Trans: Making an unqualified statement is what killed the Elenpe I (a Nupe king) when he said the calabash is heavier than a (bone) dish.
meaning: Choose your words carefully so as not to be misunderstood/misrepresented

Note: The background is that the king was tricked by one of his chiefs into a test of wisdom in which if the king failed, he would have to commit suicide. The devious chief posed a trick question: Which is heavier, a calabash or a dish? The trick being that a fresh calabash is heavier than a dish while a dried calabash is lighter than a dish. The unsuspecting king (thinking of a fresh calabash) answered that the calabash was heavier, but then chief claimed his reference was to a dried calabash making the king's answer wrong. Thus the king had to end his own life.
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by biina: 8:28am On Mar 28, 2010
Moyola:

Ejowo! Idiom {iso oro} yato sii Proverb {owe} beeni abi beeko? undecided
beeni.
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Remii(m): 11:24pm On Mar 28, 2010
Agbagba to je ese'bi e pe arayin jo (Elders that shared Kolanut, it time to gather again)

This statement is made when in-laws come to report a recalcitrant woman to her parents, it implies that those who approved the marriage, by way of sharing the dowry should should regroup and save the situation, either call the young woman to order or otherwise. It could also be used to tell stakeholders the need to take care of a problem arising from their past decisions.
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Remii(m): 12:10am On Mar 29, 2010
Bi egungun nla ba so wipe oun ko ri ejounto, ejounto naa ko ri egungun nla.

If a big masquerade would not recognise statue, the statue would not recognise big masquerade either.

Respect begets respect. If highly placed personally looks down on lowly ones, they would stop to pay homage.
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by biina: 4:41am On Mar 29, 2010
Idiom

1. Oba wo aja
Lit Trans: The king has climbed into the attic
Meaning: The king is dead
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by biina: 4:56am On Mar 29, 2010
Remii:

Bi egungun nla ba so wipe oun ko ri ejounto, ejounto naa ko ri egungun nla.

If a big masquerade would not recognise statue, the statue would not recognise big masquerade either.

Respect begets respect. If highly placed personally looks down on lowly ones, they would stop to pay homage.


I thot ejonto was an euphemism/nickname for one of lesser stature/size/height (and not statue)?

Another version is
Eégún wọlé, ó ní òun ò rí Ejontó; Ejontó ní, “Àkísà ni, àbí kíní wọlé?”
The masquerade enters a house and claims he did not see Ejonto; Ejonto asked, “Is that a rag that entered the house, or what?”
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Nobody: 5:37am On Mar 29, 2010
Toyosi R:



1. SONN LAARIN AJE NII MUNII PEKORO


MEANING /USAGE

To tell someone to go straight to the point and stop perambulating.

Say what?!!!!

Is this actually Yoruba?
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by biina: 7:17am On Mar 29, 2010
FL Gators:

Say what?!!!!

Is this actually Yoruba?
San là ńrìn; ajé ní ḿmúni pá kọ̀rọ̀.
Lit Trans: A straight/direct path (or main road) is the way one usually takes; money is what makes one cut corners (or to take alleys).
Meaning: People act dubiously/perambulate when they have something to gain.
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Nobody: 7:20am On Mar 29, 2010
^^^ I understood yours, just not the OP's. His spelling error.
O se n.
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Remii(m): 9:51am On Mar 29, 2010
biina:

I thot ejonto was an euphemism/nickname for one of lesser stature/size/height (and not statue)?

Another version is
Eégún wọlé, ó ní òun ò rí Ejontó; Ejontó ní, “Àkísà ni, àbí kíní wọlé?”
The masquerade enters a house and claims he did not see Ejonto; Ejonto asked, “Is that a rag that entered the house, or what?”

I don’t think "Ejounto" expressly refers to a small person, It has been interpreted to refer to  different  things that are diminutive  compared to "normal" sizes. The statute interpretations was said to refer to statue is at the city center, so  if the big masquerade decided not to go the city center,  as expected, to round up annual festival show, then it has snubbed the statute at the market center "Ejounto" which in turn would not see it either.  The house version could be interpreted as masquerade not paying homage  sigidi in the shrine of the chief he was visiting.
Unless you have historical aspect dimension to back the meaning of the name Ejounto, like that of Okolo in Oyo Ile, I would say the statement could be interpreted either way.
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Remii(m): 10:02am On Mar 29, 2010
Fi ara sin = hide
Na papa bo ara= disappear, fraudulently after doing something bad
Fi ese fee = run for safety
Ju'ba ehoro = run for safety
Lu''go = hide
poora = disappear most after bad deed.

Owo fife (blowing hand) = stealing

Ta teru npa, = dead
teri gba aso = dead
di oloogbe = dead
pa ipo da = dead


so agbe jee mo owo = be careful
si medo = take care

fi ikun lu ikun = deliberate
fi oro jo mi tooro oro = group discussion
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Moyola(f): 6:43pm On Mar 29, 2010
Iso oro includes:

*Ja'iye ori mi - Igbadun - to enjoy
*Gbe anyan mii - feraku/lo'yun - to b pregnant
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Remii(m): 7:25pm On Mar 29, 2010
Some Yoruba idioms


so osan di oru = being dubious
so ke sodo = sehin sohun = traitor or saboteurs
so oju abe nko = say it as it is
fa ni lori, fi oda kun un = dupe or cheat someone
ro efo fun un = hold someone with juju
ki ori bo abe = take over someones life
pa owo da = use diabolical means to achieve an aim
fi obe eyin je ni ni isu = to betray someone
alafowora = thief
Nanbi = prostitution
gbe peregi ka ina = slug if out with each other
fi eti mo ogiri = eavesdropping
s'awo s'ogberi = impostor
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by biina: 8:40pm On Mar 30, 2010
tu ito s'oke, f'oju gba
Lit trans: Spit upwards into your own face
Meaning: be blind with rage
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by biina: 8:55pm On Mar 30, 2010
Mo nle eku si o; o n le ejo si mi
Lit Trans: I am sending rats your way; you are sending snakes/serpents to me
Meaning: An unfair exchange or exaggerated retaliation
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by biina: 9:03pm On Mar 30, 2010
T'owo omo re bo aso
Lit Trans: (of child carried on the back) keep your child's hands under the wrapper cloth (usually done so that the child does not play with things without the bearer's knowledge)
Meaning: Curb your excesses or restrain your subordinates.
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by biina: 11:27pm On Mar 31, 2010
Fi ori ejo/oka ho imu
Lit Trans: Using the head of snake/cobra/mamba to scratch/pick the nose
Meaning: Playing/trivilaizing something very dangerous/serious/deadly.

Fi ina si orule sun
Lit Trans: Setting the roof ablaze and going to bed (of same house)
Meaning: Being nonchalant/careless about something that can easily get out of hand or cause great harm.
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Remii(m): 8:20am On Apr 01, 2010
Fi aake k'ori = be adamant, uncompromising

a ja'di apere = bride found not to be virgin or a wasteful venture

ye igi fun = execution, political killing

be ijo l'ori = done your bit

agba ofifo = empty boasting
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Moyola(f): 2:32pm On Apr 01, 2010
uhmmmn!!
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Remii(m): 2:55pm On Apr 01, 2010
fi enu fe ara bi abebe = fi oju ri mabo = fi imu dan irin =suffer seriously

fi enu ho ara = a fool
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Remii(m): 9:26am On Apr 04, 2010
kan idin ninu iyo = unexpected unpleasant surprise

fi idi fo igba = scatter the issue beyond reconciliation

fi idi pa igba = sit tight refuse to leave when expected

fi enu ko = implicate self with unguarded utterances.

gbe gun esin aayan = deceive (either by fake agreement on issue or by mockery)

s'obe s'elu = sycophants
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Remii(m): 11:02pm On Apr 13, 2010
otelemuye = investigator aka CID

esin inu iwe = impotent
 
Re: Yoruba Idioms: Owe Yoruba, Itunmo Re Ati Lilo Re by Idowuogbo(f): 6:32pm On Apr 14, 2010
@dayo ur mouth eehn

onisokuso cheesy

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