Sunday, 22 September 2013

Colombian proverb 2

Colombian proverb:  A papaya puesta, papaya partida.

English translation:  Papaya served; papaya eaten.

What do you think this proverb means?

(a)  This is a proverb about being thankful for what you are given.  For example, when going to dinner at somebody's house, you should eat everything your host serves you.  

(b)  This is a proverb about seizing opportunities.  It means that when somebody offers you an opportunity, you should take advantage of it before somebody else does.

(c)  This is a proverb about protecting yourself.  It means that if you leave yourself open to being taken advantage of, you will be taken advantage of.

The correct answer is (c).  It is a warning about being taken advantage of and can be applied to many situations:  In relationships, if you are behave like a doormat, others will walk all over you.  While walking, if you keep your wallet in your back pocket, you leave yourself open to pickpockets.  Another use is when a teenage girl dresses provocatively, her mother might tell her to change her outfit because 'papaya served is papaya eaten.'  

Thank you to my student Milagro for sharing this proverb

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