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 KALABARI IDIOMS
[  egberima ekwen  ]
 
"ama bio na kuroma bio na toluma wirari"
 
"ama bebe buru, ingeribo buru pakiri"
 
"alaga okuru inwaite"
 
"agusi, Or' owi baka kuma In ke O kira sin In mie duko O piriba"
 
"apana late ye, sibi late."
 
"akwa kiri poko fiete"
 
"alabo okolo poku sikia
 
"alabo duka menji bo bibi pulo pulo.
 
"aru tein aro"!
Eng:  Used to alert any woman whose sitting position exposes her privates.
 
"bilaribo si piri nimia"
 
"boko gbain bo, beri gbainyaa"
 
"edele O bem, furu O nini laa ogbo O ke ingumabia"
 
"edele O bem O tubo obiari bo be fiim bebe, fiye bote; O piki dumom bebe, Tamuno miete"
 
"I nimia ye I bu be omongibo"
 
"ikaki nengima ye buo sun"
 
"I foite biaa ye, I soo so biabiya"
Eng:  What does not get cooked when roasted, will not get cooked when boiled"
 
"In ejimina bari anga, anana toru beleaa."
Eng: The ewe is never happy where a ram is being killed.
 
"I ama ibi, I bu kunu"
Eng:  Let my town shine and  I partake in the glory.
 
"Ibo so fi, peni so fi"
Eng:  Wheither one lies down or lies up, death wil come.
 
"jumo laye akawai"
 
"juein tein aro"!
Eng:  Used to alert any man whose sitting position exposes his privates.
 
"kiko ani papa loku lokuari, pelebiya"
 
"minji sese anga anee ani se bariye"
 
"naa dinya bo, duko dinya"
Eng:   Meaning, a poor listener cannot be a good narrator.
 
"nama keni keni bara ke nama keni"
 
"ngeri menji anee ododo ba ye"
 
"Okolo boko opumbu ba, sibi imgbuluba da"
Eng: The buttocks lets out foul gas, the head gets knocked for it.     A man should not be punished for the offence committed by another.
 
"Okolo ndo treme biye"
Eng: Cleaning up before toileting. An equivallent of puting the cart before the horse.
 
"Osisa, Or' oyi ma alagba finji olo so Or' inete oboko na se biya."
Eng:  Even with twelve guns in its arms, the cocroach is no match to the fowl.
 
"oru enene"
 
"ogboko suku simebo, ogoko ibi eriaa
 
"Obiri O bem, O gote furo dubate bo duka menjiari ye anee imbo osunaa bebe, imbo biyeba"
 
"si kumbu wari buromam"
Eng:  A blunt axe can be of service ( in some situation)
 
"siri O bem Or' ekirete mangi O soma bo nama goye goye anee O tubo; mangi so nama goye goye anee O na fiyaa bo"
 
"Tubo dogibo, biobengbo dogiya"
Eng: The one carrying a baby does not carry the mind of the baby.
 
 
 
 
 

EUPHEMISMS IN KALABARI
Efemisimi anee fekefeke bara ke ikute ye duko.
 
English          Plain Kalabari  Mild kalabari
to die                  fi                               igoni doku; saba buro
to eat                  ye fi                         bara ke bibi lama
to urinate          san                          kalanga buro
to defecate       biye                         ye iyo mu
to sex                eremono                gboloma; nimia
be pregnant     fura                         sime kon; akalu buro
more to come...
 
 

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