Ghana has more languages than anyone can actually be expected to keep track of. Most Ghanaians speak Twi, but as far as languages go, that is just scratching the surface. Therefore, you would think there would be no need to create new words for any purpose, right?
Growing up in Kumasi, we had some truly awesome interjections that we used to express the extreme awesomeness of a given situation. English is great, but when you’re truly bespectacled it just doesn’t do to speak a foreign language. Sometimes, you need your own language. Your own words. Even if they are made up and you have no clue what they mean. These are a few great ways I remember we used to say WOW.
Made popular on Twitter because of a certain someone’s handle, this is the definite way to say ‘Awesome!’ when nothing else will do.
When you’re impressed beyond words, just say Aboowa, and everyone around will know exactly how you feel.
Aboowa is great, but Abowa Boowa is like the superlative. When someone tells you Abowa Booowa, you know you’ve won the day, you’ve won at life, in fact you’ve won everything.
Sometimes when the awesomeness hits the roof, creativity comes in and we start creating even more terms to express it.
To say Heezeh means you’re amazed, awe-struck and awe-inspired, all in one caboodle.
Hegeleh means your mind is so blown, you’re now talking gibberish.
You know that shivery and tingly feeling of excitement that descends upon you when you witness something truly spectacular? The correct word for that feeling is Sheejee!
You’d better be clapping when you say this because it means not only are you bedazzled, the bedazzler has earned your unbridled respect. I think it was originally ‘Thank You’, but at this point, who cares?
Again, everybody knows this is supposed to be ‘Well played’, but who really cares? When you are in awe, trivial things like phonetics and grammar go out through the window.
Did we miss any of the awesome ways to say wow? Drop it in the comments.