Kai: implying disgust
Kalabule: Unethical Business Practice
Kankama: Backbiting, or discrediting somebody because of envy / jealousy
Kapuepue: Short Person
Kaya: see Wee; Porter
Kayayee: Female Porter
Ke Ba Shoo: an locally produced alcoholic beverage
Kelewele: A delicacy prepared from ripe plantain, well seasoned with ginger, chilli, cloves and fried in hot oil to give it a mouth-watering flavour. (Ghana's original fast food)
Kenkey: Fermented maize meal traditionally prepared by boiling balls of mixed portions of fermented cooked maize meal and raw maize dough wrapped in cornhusk. Another type called FANTI KENKEY, which is popular in the central and western regions of Ghana, is similarly prepared but wrapped in leaves cut from the plantain/banana tree. These are able to keep for a few days to a week. Can also be taken as pulp similar to oatmeal.
Keta School Boys: Small sized herrings
Knockout: Fire crackers
Kowtow: Bowing and scrapping.
Kululu: see Kalabule
Kwaku brokeman: Roasted ripe plantain with groundnuts (another Ghanaian fast food)
Kwasea panin - Big fool
KVIP - public toilet (Don't even think of using them, it's an experience no one deserves)
LAFA: Locally Acquired Foreign Accent - it afflicts many Ghanaian - especially, when in the vicinity of Osu - when they come into contact with Obronis (white people.)
Lapour: too known
Look-me-look-London: Person with a squint in the eye
Lungulungu: Hidden, scary place
Ma Tricki Wo: or Matrix 1)Locally made shoe 2) A guy who from a distance appears handsome but up close is no such thing
Maye Hot: I am in trouble (I make hot)
Megyina-abontin-na-me-kasa: Mobile phone
Mugu Yaro: Haircut
Mungo-Park: To wear shoes without socks
Ngozi: Fat person
Obi-ti-yie: A seat beside the driver of a bus/tro-tro
Obolo: Fat person
Obroni : A white person; A foreigner
Obroni waawu: Second Hand clothing. (literal translation: The whiteman is dead)
Ogogoro: see Akpeteshie
Opia: Short Person
Otto-Pfister: The fashion pulling shorts or trousers down to hang loosely around the buttocks
Oxford: Baggy trousers with high flap and curved pockets
Oyiwa: There you are
Panin de Panin: Pure water (water sold in plastic sachets)
Pikin: baby / child
Pimpinii: Fashionable pants/trousers worn high above the waist
Pocket Lawyer: refers to a person, who even though has no legal training, bullies friends with legal terminologies at the least provocation. Such a person leads local debates, serves as a information centre and confuses most listeners.
Quataah: nothing is left, finished or empty. Probably from the word quarter of one divided into four parts in mathematics.
Red Red: Fried plantain and beans
Remote Control: Juju; Black magic
Sabi: To know - "I sabi" means I know
Sakora: (sometime pronounced as Saloka) Totally shaved head; baldhead
Sankofa: An Akan adinkra symbol meaning ‘looking back to move forward.’
Shito: Spices/hot pepper
Skin Pain: 1) Malice. 2) Player hater.
Sopi: Left over food: derived from the word Surplus
Sopiboys: (used in schools) Boys who rummage plates for left over food
Sound: A Slap. - Eg. I go ‘sound’ you
Split: Leave, Escape, Go. Eg. I dey split - I'm leaving
Susu: Voluntary informal saving schemes; It plays an important role in providing working capital for micro-enterprises in the informal sector
Swine: Despicable/Obnoxious person
Tatale: Flat chested woman
Trotro A crowded, but efficient and inexpensive, minibus used for short distance travel.
Origin - It evolved from the Ga language word "TRO" meaning three pence, that is, the penny coins that were in use in the colonial days of the Gold Coast, now Ghana. Those vehicles charged each passenger three pence per trip, hence it was dubbed 'Tro- tro'
Toli: Anecdote; Originally, a bold-faced lie. Now used also to mean a rumor or a humorous version of a real event.
Too-Known : A know-all; A braggart
Tok: An un-intelligent person / Fool
Touch: Crazy, Mad. Eg. "You dey touch" - "Are you crazy?" You dey craze!
Tunabu: Tight bottom or pointy trousers
Tweaaa: 'Oh, please!'
Vamuse: go away, run
Wabenzy: Mercedes Benz
Waakye: Black eye pea/beans and Rice with hot chilli saurce
Walantuwalansa: Odd jobs
Walk-alone: Without a girlfriend
Watonkyeni: A locally designed bus
Wee: Indian hemp/Marijuana
Wetin? : What i.e "Wetin you dey do?"
World War II: Re-sitting an exam.
Womando: Acts and omissions usually done by women if they want to be pampered.
YessaMassa: Yes Sir, Master