Since my last post about Special Ghanaian Vocabulary, I’ve received quite a few comments suggesting I add a few more items to the list. And as with almost every movie in Ghana, part two is inevitable. So by popular request, here’s an update on my previous post.
At Loggerheads phrase
Definition: to be in a stubborn dispute or disagreement.
Trust me, I’d rather have you mad at me that to be at loggerheads with me. Eeish! Just the sound of that phrase terrifies me. The worst part of it is that this sort of language is used by children in primary school. Primary school oh, primary school students have mastered the art of this not so primary language. Ei Ghana!
Light Off phrase
Definition: Blackout, Power Out
They have given light off. Seriously? They gave it to you? They probably wrapped it up nicely in a box with a bow-tie on top and delivered it to your doorstep, right? When the power goes out, not only do the lights go off; the refrigerators, the fans, the air conditioners, the tv sets, the radio, the computer, everything else goes off. Would it be any different if I were to turn the light switch off? Would that be light off as well? Is it the same as ECG cutting off your power source? Ebei people!
Definition: Last night
Yesterday, Yesternight, Yesteryears… I don’t even need a dictionary to tell me that yesternight is an archaic word. What’s more to be said? But in all honesty, do we have to put ourselves through this?
Take In phrase
Definition: to have a bite or to eat something
Would you like to take in something? Yes indeed I would. I would like to take in a breathe of fresh air without you polluting it with your gobbledegook! I went up and down and through the definition of take and I couldn’t fine any phrase such as take in. Why people? Why? Why? Why must we torture ourselves this way? Can’t we simply say, “What would you like to eat” or “Would you like to eat something?
KAMBOO n. (also known as Canvas)
Definition: sneakers, tennis shoes
Can anyone, anyone tell me why we call sneakers KAMBOO? I’ve searched everywhere and have come up with nothing!
Jeaner n. or v. (not sure)
Definition: A pair of jeans
How does a pair of jeans become known as “jeaner”? Were we trying to come up with the verb form or we just wanted to make it sound educated?
There you have it people, I don’t know why we do it, but that’s just how we do it in Ghana. We make it our own and make it stick forever. You’ve gotto love it.