Pepper and Ginger, a good look at them outside the cookbook.

Pepper and Ginger, a good look at them outside the cookbook.

The use of Pepper and Ginger have long gone beyond the pages of a cookbook, it is so much that you hear them in hit music verses like, “Bolanle Pepper dem oooo” and “Baby Na you dey ginger me” but there is more symbolism to these words than we know.

When Pepper is used, as in the expression “Pepper dem” it means “to oppress through flaunting” possibly with material luxury or endowments like beauty and others. The intention for this is to show them that you have arrived and you are here to lord over them even if what you have is just an ounce more than theirs.

However, Ginger as in the expression “Ginger me” means “to spur or encourage” probably to start something or do more of something. More or less to say when you ginger someone you spur them or encourage them to start something or do more of it, this may be even when you have much more than them.
On a normal level, both situations work well but surely one is better than the other.

As a person, would you rather “Pepper or Ginger?”

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