Monday, July 5, 2010

Every Jealous is a killer, and other Ghana-izms

Here are a bunch of great photos from the streets of Ghana - borrowed from Arnold Quainoo Junior, courtesy of facebook - thanks for the laughs AQJ!!!



Sometimes a spelling error of just one letter can be tragic!





This one, although both cute and funny, is actually sad as well, since it speaks to the state of the Ghanaian public education system...





This is wrong on so many levels...





It can be scary if you miss one letter!





So you'll only need the place for 40 days then? Yes, starting on Ash Wednesday.





Every jealous is a killer.





Well, they did fix the E in MENU....





The spelling error for electrician could be explained away, but BATTLE CHARGER??





No doubt straight from China to the shores of Africa. No one will notice the minor difference!





Well I don't think they even needed the words for this poster...
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15 comments:

Nana Yaw Sarpong said...

i love this post. I've captured several of these inscriptions. You'll be amazed, you cannot really say it has a direct bearing on public education system (we need to work harder); it means the right people for the job are not employed for it. So why? But i'm still laughing anyway

Marisa said...

Its such a shame that there is such a need for education in West Africa. Leaping Stone is working to change that. Check out our progress as we build a school in Togo. http://www.leapingstone.org/

Enyonam said...

Wow! Can I please have some flied kitchen to go with the rice. lol!

On a more serious note, this tells us how high the illiteracy rate is. I mean, how can someone spell plain as pline? They aren't even homonyms!

Indeed, every jealous is a killer!

kimba said...

I remember seeing posters like that last one when I was in Accra for the first time last summer and being both shocked and a bit horrified. I would not want to be in that waiting room!!!

hazel said...

Couldn't help but laughing as the same mistakes is common in my country too. Cheers Holli for sharing this :)

The pale observer said...

Nana - thanks for commenting - what is your opinion of the current state of the public school system in Ghana?

Thanks Marissa - will check out your organization!

Hi Enyonam - thanks for the comment - it is quite bad - don't know why these people don't get the spelling checked before putting up the signs?!

Hi Kimba - what brought you to Ghana? Will you be back?

Thanks for commenting Hazel - where are you from? :)

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Miss Footloose said...

I used to see many of these signs when I lived in Ghana and am forever sorry I didn't take pictures of them!

The last graphic one only goes to show that the Ghanaians are down to earth when it comes to bodily functions.

NuminosityBeads said...

These are hilarious, especially the last one.
Pretty explicit for the non readers.
have you ben to the Engrish.com site? It's along the same lines but mostly Asian.
Kim

Ginger said...

That last poster had me rotflol. Ghanians are pretty bold cause that poster is unacceptable in Nigeria. We're prim like that.
On misspellings indicating poor education...I doubt that. Misspellings are butts of jokes globally. Didnt you hear of the recent 'shcool' spelling in NC. No,Its not an African franchise.

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