Somalis tell lies, but they do not say false proverbs.
Somalis have a rich oral tradition and proverbs, idioms, and poems serve an important culture role. These words of wisdom express universal truths and help us appreciate the value of oral art forms as an element of the Somali art of conversation. Although the imagery in Somali proverbs usually draws from the nomadic environment, the proverbs themselves often have multiple meanings. They serve as social commentary and are used to advise, teach and inform us about given situations.