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YORUBA: EXCEPTIONAL AFRICAN LANGUAGE

YORUBA: EXCEPTIONAL AFRICAN LANGUAGE

– Looking into Yoruba People’s Archives of Witticis

YORUBA: ‘Balùwẹ̀ t’ó l’óun ma di odò, bí ti ilé ọ̀bùn kọ́.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY DELE AJAJA: The bathroom that says it would turn to a river is not situated in a filthy person’s abode.

CLARIFICATIONS: The filthy person, who doesn’t shower frequently, cannot deliver enough water to form a ‘river.’ This maxim is valuable when an unreliable person promises to do something.

IMAGE: The shower that says it would become a river (for illustration only.)

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