IGBO IDIOMS

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AuthorHouse, Oct 12, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 284 pages
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Igbo Idioms are the ornaments and the jewelry that beautify the Igbo language and make the listeners pay great attention to any talker that uses them. Such a person is held to a high esteem. They are words of wisdom part of which intelligence is measured in Igbo land. Wat butter is to bread, Igbo Idiom is to language and a speech in Igbo that has no idiom is like soup without salt. The Igbos are known to be smart go ahead people, figuring out the meaning of idioms from infancy plays definitely a role in that.

 

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The more you read about Igbo Idioms, the better you understand the culture of the people and perhaps the more you appreciate what Chinua Achebe left behind for the rest of us all. Mark has always been a student of his culture; he is just reliving himself growing up amongs very wise people; he learned a lot and he has chosen to share the best he got. Congratulations, Mark for keeping us laughing and cracking up! Prof Phyl Amadi (Phoenix USA) 

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This is a must read. The rich cultural background and intimate knowledge of Igbo idioms as exemplified by the writer are intricately interwoven to produce a window into the Igbo culture and the elevated position idioms occupy in our daily living. The interpretation is so well laid down to serve people of different backgrounds and beliefs. Good job, Mark!!
Emmanuel Ukwu, Ottawa, Canada.
 

Contents

One with rashes does not cut his fingernails
1
The young shall grow
2
If the penis does not die young it will enjoy the bearded meat
3
No matter how lean one gets it does not affect the size of the private parts
5
The anus looks like what one could blow air into for musical sound but there is no place to rest the lips
6
The sheep says that it does not waste time or miss the opportunity to get pregnant because there are many festivities that demand the meat of the ram
8
One has to know the size of his scrotal sac before he takes medicine against over grown scrotal sac
9
The only time an unmarried woman owns up that she made love is when she is heavy with pregnancy
10
If you continue to wash and wash the clothes of old people you may wash off excrement
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Nobody tells his people to get set with first aid because he is going to fall from a great height
99
If you are going to the toilet you have to have enough cleaning materials because at times one may not finish the business at a go
100
A bad spirit that wants to kill a man will ask him for vagina
102
If you tell a blind man to catch the music he raises his hands up
103
A deaf that goes to church goes on sightseeing
104
If a cyclist is dragging his bicycle and he starts to look at the pedal he is about to mount it
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The male goat says that it has large scrotal sac so that it will have enough sperms for all its wives who do welcome him for few seconds The male goa...
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The anus says that if it knew that the vagina would be noisy with its frequent rough visitors it could not have agreed to be a neighbor
13
No security can prevent strokethe attack of the spirits
15
One laughs with his concubine even if his teeth are rotten
16
An old person may not try to run but not when a goat carries his snuffbox
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The cow will always be bigger than the goat no matter how lean it gets
20
The vagina may be dry but it will have enough moisture to wet the penis
21
The heart is like a bag everybody has his
23
If your excrement is not pointed it may mean that you have running stomach
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The male dog raises a leg as it urinates to show that it has no overgrown scrotal sac
25
One that is hit by a vehicle has his ears to blame
26
Everything in a cow is useful
27
If you ask a woman for a favor sex and you ask and ask again she may say yes and grant you your request
28
If every man fears a big and highly placed woman who then will make love to her?
29
If a child eats what is making him to keep awake he will sleep
30
If you are curing a sick man and his penis is always standing he should be left to enjoy in the land of the spirits
32
Cough is a sickness and also food
33
If you hold the lizard by the tail you have little or nothing
36
Madness does not mean Strength
38
If the back of a woman vibrates it means that it is touched often
43
One with a good healthy penis does not fully understand the plight of one with a malfunctioning penis
44
A rogue has always tacky hands
46
If the bad spirits are not afraid why do they only go in the night?
47
Bed bud said to her young ones that what is hot will cool down
48
If the penis does not do anything to an old woman it will cause her stomach ache
49
Do not be like the malegoat that made love to its mother
51
When the moon shines people long to go on walk
54
What you dont know is older that yourself
55
The aggressiveness of the ram will not stop the owner from taking it to the market
56
The Obi or Eze eats everything but he should not travel with a talker
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You may be giving all to a woman but she gives all and more to the one she loves
59
It is the woman who knows the father of her child
60
People open up with greetings
63
If a young person washes his hands well he will eat with the elders
64
It is how a man is that makes his in laws to ask him to pound fufu
69
A good product sells itself
70
The sickness of enlarged scrotal sac says that it should be welcomed by anybody that it attacks because it discriminates a lot
71
You do not sell your bad product to your neighbor
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If you are generous to a salad woman she will bring some more to you another time
74
A wise person uses his wealth to protect his life
75
You may pinch somebodys snuff and get off with it but you may not be so lucky if you pinch his wife
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There is nothing that will not rest after a fight or hard work
79
The breasts first point straight before they point downwards
80
If you sell your dog and buy a monkey you still have a squatting animal
81
A head cutter does not feel comfortable if somebody is touching the neck of his child
82
A mother does not train her son by making love to him
83
The real poor have little or no choice
84
The beetle that is not edible has the advantage of living long and there is good chance that it will not die out This great advantage is enjoyed by the v...
86
Azuntu a mad man told his wife to make the sign of the cross at his back while he signs himself in front because he does not know from which directi...
90
The Flashing of the vagina does not set any house on fire
91
Mr Express said that if it is not because of getting babies what will one be looking for in the smelly buttocks of another person?
92
No one can contain the intestine of a sheep in the palms of his hands
94
The seller of smelly Ogiri knows a one eyed fly
95
The vulture is happy with his wifes pregnancy if the baby comes out alive it has a baby and placenta if the baby is dead it will have both the placenta ...
97
A flint gun that did not fire brought back gun powder to the owner
108
One who runs into a war does not understand that it could mean death
109
We may not because of death avoid wars
111
You look for tall people when you want to hang the roof of a mud house
112
The leg of palm oil sucking cockroach must be strong
114
The crab that escapes from a trap may not have all its appendages intact
115
If you continue to count the impurities in water you may not be able to drink it
117
Surprise may surprise the most powerful
118
Fast and quick actions may avoid future obstacles
119
Steak ribs beef and milk are all from the cow
120
Truth is life
121
The vehicle mechanic dress does not make it easy for us to identify mad people
122
People go from scratching to gassing
124
The bitter kola does not taste as good as it sounds in the mouth
125
One who has been bitten by a poisonous snake fears the head of a lizard
127
The hare says that it will run as far as God has land to avoid being hunted down
129
The wood pecker boasted that it would peck down an Iroko tree if her mother died When it happened it had a boil under its beak
130
Do not kiss a child with pretence
132
A criminal could be anybody
134
The knowledge about a leaf could make the difference between medicine men
135
You will not hold up a babys toy forever
136
You will not laugh wildly when you have a roasted hen in the mouth
137
If you believe that you have the devils luck put your hand in the mouth of a cobra
138
It is odd to carry an elephant on the head and at the same time search for an ant with the toe
139
If you are taking a bath and a mad man takes your clothes and you run after him who is then madder?
141
A heady fly may be buried with the dead
142
If you plant yam on your knee and you attach the stem to your goatee have you given it adequate protection?
143
There is always a good angle on every bad event
146
Tell the truth in time and avoid the back log of shame when it eventually surfaces and comes to light
148
The house fly says that it is hated and that people want to kill it anywhere and whenever they see it because they are jealous that it can go on any type...
153
It is a mixed bag of feelings if you are suspected when you know that you are clean
155
One should not use the same trick often
158
If a group of people urinate together in a container much foam is formed
162
When the sound of the drum changes the dancing changes too
166
God knows it all
176
Do not be like the penis that vomits what it has in its mouth when it goes to eat
178
If a child crawls to you and pinches you hard you crawl and pinch him hard too
179
The right hand washes the left hand and the left washes the right
182
If you get a small young python and feed it till it gets big you could be its next meal
189
If you set your trap and the prey escapes you got to reset it
200
When the wind blows we see the anus of the fowl
202
If a dog gets mad it could bite the owner
211
You do not test or unset a lions trap with your head
214
Do not underrate or look down on anybody
216
If a woman has no child she should have good and attractive body and good character
220
If a woman marries again after divorce she will know which one is a better husband
223
Be careful about how you treat children because they do remember quite a lot
243
If you advice the ears and they do not listen when the head is cut off the ears follow
250
A woman who trains her children and is crowned a chief of Cocoyam Kwaa Ede has pride of place in Igbo land
258
You do not remind some one that has just lost his mother to cry
260
If you kill your good voodoo priest native doctor you have many evil spirits on your back
262
Nothing can harm you if God loves you
264
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