Friday, January 10, 2014
By Stephen Kwabena Effah
Ghenglish is what I call it. Yes! Ghenglish, the Ghanaian version of the Queen’s English language.
To any foreigner, it may sound outlandish and difficult to comprehend but to the ordinary Ghanaian, that is what has become the everyday English used mostly in everyday conversations.
While these plethora of words, expressions and phrases are used understandably among Ghanaians and foreigners living in the country, they leave new foreigners pondering considering that the meanings are not always implicit.
After all, just as some of the Queen’s English were either derived or borrowed from French, so have Ghanaians explored their linguistic creativity to come up with these phrases.