Dictionary of the Yoruba Language

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Church Missionary Society Bookshop, 1913 - English language - 434 pages
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One of the pioneering translation books of Yoruba language, highly recommended, though there are lots of differences to this day interpretation

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great dictionary, still very relevant despite being 98 years old.

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Page 95 - Ena (an inversion of the order of letters, syllables, words or sentences, under which the sense is concealed or changed (is occasionally employed by parties who may wish to communicate privately and to disguise the sense from bystanders (de mi babba, cover me father, employed to signify Babba mi de, my father is come) in Yoruba (s.
Page 212 - Anger docs nobody good ; patience is the best of dispositions. Anger draws arrows from the quiver ; patience draws kola-nuts from the bag. The okun (a reptile) has 200 hands and 200 feet, and yet acts gently. A cutting word is as tough as a bowstring ; a cutting word cannot be healed, though a wound may.
Page 29 - Its leaf is placed on the head of a new king or chief as anointment. The tree is so sacred that it is never used for fire, or touched with an axe. — eg, O se po, a ki ifi edun kan igi akoko, " Henceforward, the akoko tree must never be tried with an axe.
Page 55 - No one can cure a monkey of squatting ; So no one can deprive a man of his birthright." Again (we spare the reader the original): "A pistol has not a bore like a cannon ; A poor man has not money at his command like the rich.
Page 30 - ... come home to roost. A. If the boy says he wants to tie the water with a string, ask him whether he means the water in the pot or the water in the lagoon. E. Answer a fool according to his folly. A. Cowries are men. E. Money makes the man. A. Cocoanut is not good for bird to eat. E. Sour grapes. A. He runs away from the sword and hides himself in the scabbard.
Page 107 - ... committed a secret action, supposes himself the subject of all conversation. lie who despises another despises himself. Contempt should never be shown to a fellow man. "Wherever a man goes to dwell, his character goes with him. He is to be feared who sends you on a message, not he to whom you are sent. Leave the battle to God, and rest your head upon your hand. So plain is it that all the wit, wisdom and fancy, all the observation and philosophy of the nation are crystallized into this aphoristic...
Page 210 - Thanks are due to the shoulders which keep the shirt from slipping off.
Page 7 - Afe, n. a small buoy attached to the middle^ of a fishing line ; a fishing float.

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