Generally, tonation of words differs across countries due to divers accent. Some words may have identical meanings or interpretations but different pronunciations. For instance, British accents differ from American accents.
This is similar across different tribes and ethnic groups we have in Ghana. Most tribes in Ghana have unique ways of pronouncing alphabets, words, phrases or sentences. Some have challenge in mentioning words that contain alphabets like R,L,H and others. Some tribes have been stereotyped due to their weird pronunciation of standardized words.
Today, April 26, 2021 the former Ghanaian journalist and Member of Parliament for Tamale North constituency, Honourable Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini, has mocked a fuel station attendant who is suffering from rhotacism.
Rhotacism is a challenge a person encounters when mentioning a word which contains the letter ‘R’. In other words, rhotacism is inability to pronounce the letter ‘R’ impeccably in a word or sentence. For instance, if a person says “solly” instead of “sorry”.
According to Honourable Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini, he was startlingly asked by a fuel station attendant at Takoradi to collect his receipt after fuelling his vehicle.
He wrote that,
“Somewhere in Takoradi, I have just been asked or told by a fuel station attendant;
‘Priss you’ll correct receipt!?’
We’re just here staring at each other”
His post has attracted interesting comments. Below are some of the comments from netizens.
Vivian Tracey Aryee wrote that,
“Did we do transfer of Regions and I’m unaware? Probably Ashanti Region was taken to Western Region.”
Dzifah Vorssah wrote that,
“This is hilarious. But don’t blame them, it’s their fault, the EC calculations has forever affected the system.”
Elton Brobbey wrote that,
“Please correct it.”
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