Ghana is a beautiful country with a fresh culture and people. We managed to form our own Ghanaian English from the British English and have created words or phrases that are unique to just us.
For everyday things and activities, Ghanaians have a unique phrase that best describes them.
A foreigner visiting Ghana will be unfamiliar with the words, unless they are explained. Some of these words refer to a large group of similar items, that have been grouped under one name. Here are 10 words that every Ghanaian uses:
1. Chale: This probably the first word that comes to mind. Every Ghanaian uses this word in their everyday life. It has many different meanings and is used in various contexts.
2. Graphic: Graphic is used to describe all newspapers in Ghana. We don't know when that name came about, but it probably has something to do with the main newspaper of the country which is the Daily Graphic.
3. Pepsodent: This name is used to refer to all toothpaste brands. Since the most popular toothpaste brand was pepsodent, all other brands that come follow in line, and are also called Pepsodent.
4. Mate: This is the name given to a bus-conductor. Knowing the first mate of a ship is like the assistant to the captain, that's probably where we got the information.
5. Item 13: This popular phrase started with a joke about how in professional meetings the last item on the agenda, numbered 13 is always refreshments. As such Item 13 has become the go-to name for all after meeting or event refreshments (mainly little snacks or packed food).
6. Knock-out: Ghanaians call all forms of fireworks or firecrackers 'knockout.' We are not exactly sure why that is, but that is a word we have grown up with.
7. Chale Wote: This refers to those rubber flip-flops we use every day. The word 'Chale wote' translates to 'let's go' which is probably in reference to how easy it is to wear.
8. Omo: Omo washing detergent is one of the biggest brands of detergents in Ghana. This influence probably led to the naming of subsequent similar detergents Omo. every washing powder in Ghana is called Omo.
9. Dropping: Chartering a taxi in Ghana is called dropping. We are not sure how exactly the word came about, but it is an important word in the Ghanaian vocabulary.
10. Tea: Tea is used for all hot beverages. From the Milo cocoa drink to the original English breakfast tea.
What other everyday words do you know about?
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