Ghanaians have the ability and habit of renaming food, people, places, animals, and objects in their environment. We may even forget the original names of these renamed things or people.
Some of these renamed things are done on purpose, while others are done due to a lack of knowledge of the original name of the person or thing concerned.
Ghanaians are well-educated, and their intelligence is evident in everything they do, even their comedy. They are known for their witty sense of humour, since they are not hesitant to poke fun at themselves. They define things in ways that defy comprehension, and this always makes me giggle.
A1_News have compiled a list of things that Ghanaians have renamed and it’s amusing.
1) Noodles now called Indomie
The majority of individuals have developed the habit of referring to all Noodles as Indomie. When Indomie is only a brand name for a company that makes Noodles.
2) Sneakers changed to Canvas
It is no denying fact that Canvas is a sneaker but Ghanaians have managed to change the original name of ‘shoes’ which is sneakers to canvas which is now used almost everywhere except for some youth who still stick to Sneakers.
3) Soft drinks now called Minerals
While minerals are known to be solid substances that are present in nature and can be made of one element or more elements combined together (chemical compounds) of which examples are gold, diamond , silver and so on, Ghanaians in their own wisdom have given the name ‘minerals’ to soft drinks such as Fanta, Coke, Alvaro, Sprite, etc.
4) Detergent to Omo
I believe we all know what a detergent is right? If you don’t then a detergent is a surfactant or a mixture of surfactants with cleansing properties in dilute solutions. It is true that Omo is a detergent but it is only a brand name just like Ariel, KleeSoft, Madar Soap among others. Almost every Ghanaian calls every detergent as Omo and it’s amusing.
5) Toothpaste changed to Pepsodent.
It seems to me that many Ghanaians have forgotten what a toothpaste is. You’ll go to a shop and tell the attendant you’re buying toothpaste and she’ll stare at you till you tell him or her you’re buying pepsodent. Just like Colgate and the rest, pepsodent is just a product name.
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