Àgbàyà is a teasing insult. It is commonly said by Yoruba parents to their kids especially their first norms who are trying to dupe their younger ones of sweets or biscuits. Mind you, it is not usually meant to be a REAL INSULT. It’s just a tease. A serious tease.
Àgbàyà means, “an elderly person of shame and uselessness”.
It is also used as a serious insult to elderly people who are acting like fools.
1. Àgbàyà ni bàbá yẹn, ko mọra rẹ làgbàlagbà rárá..
(That elderly man is an Àgbàyà, he doesn’t know himself to be an elderly at all..)