Tuesday, July 7, 2009

La Bianca TomaNto Paste

Somebody’s selling tasty tomatoes on TV with a cool calypso chant. Imagine my prize surprise, when I really listened to the blurb lyrics. I took it for gleeful granted that Ghana had ‘imagoed’ from the invented “N” in “maNtches” (that’s [a box of] “matches”) and “tomaNtoes” (well, you know what it is). But there it was in the delightful ditty: La Bianca TomaNto Paste.

I was granting genius to the songwriter-salesman for nosing the notional “N” into “TomaNto” to mimic the other “N” in “BiaNca”, but I reversed my reverence when a vellum-voice, at the end, said “Tomato” without the nagging “N”. So what happened? Somebody's mealy-mouthed about a mistake they didn't want to spend money editing. Or?

24 comments:

  1. lol which one bi ur own massa(master)

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  2. Oh, Charlie, you gimme black eye, Naa.

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  3. Just like the intrusive 'r', the nagging N is almost everywhere. I have heard Akosombo being pronounced 'AkoNsombo' by newscasters on several occasions that I have now come to accept it as the norm.

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  4. hahha....most likely a mistake nd dint want to eit..dats a wierd word tho...tomaNto...lol

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  5. lol...the words people make up.
    Sorry O! I havent been around. U know me. Ill try to comment on the other ones as soon as I can.

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  6. Yes, Nana Fredua, but I am told (on some authority) that the pronunciation with the "N" is the real one, and that wihout the "N" is what gained currency with colonisation. Funny huh?

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  7. That may well be it, Gee. So it was more a case of economy of funds and not economy of grammar...

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  8. Yes, Ada. I know you would comment if you could. This word "TomaNto" was quite prevalent some time ago especially among people with little or no schooling.

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  9. what do you think about "bending your mouth", "shining your eyes" and "hearing smells" ? Do they say that in Ghana too? Lol

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  10. Absolutely side-splitting. And (except for "bending your mouth") I have heard the others on Gh.

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  11. So, since you are Ghanaian you must have developed those abilities ;-)

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  12. I developed many "Ghanaian" abilities, yes! I have unlearned some of them, and I am still in the process of unlearning others. There are very many good "Ghanaian" abilities, though, I must add. ;-)

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  13. Ha ha ha. TomaNtoes. Perhaps the voice over person didn't get the memo?

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  14. So, Raine, you buy the mistake story, huh?

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  15. Honestly, I have no idea. lol

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  16. LOL, Nana Yaw, honestly you are too hard on our people(s)! To be frank, I have been wondering about this Toma(N)toes business for years but honestly missed it in the La Bianca ad. I was too distracted by the delightful scenario with the two men appear to compete to prepare the most mouth-watering dish for their eagerly awaiting spouses/companions..

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  17. Watch it again, maybe, tonight, Abena. And, yes, you may be right about my being hard...but I do not intend to be. It's just great fodder for creative writing. My second sight could not let it pass.

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  18. C'mon Nana Yaw, you know I love it!!!! Bring us some more!! As for watching TV, I hardly do any of that these days...in fact I barely know what is happening in our fair nation. Is it true Obama is coming?? Heheheh!

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  19. Thank you very kindly, my friend, Abena. :) I will bring more. Funny, that about Obama. Get the news oo

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  20. Pretty late for this discussion.
    "TomaNtoes".Hahaha! I have to confess that my own granny and her mates were adherents of that classic Ghanaian 'genre' of the language.

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  21. Never too late is Posekyere. Ghanaian 'genre' is a very 'fresh' phrase. :)

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  22. I think what peeves me the most, is the response to any grammatical correction or pronunciation correction attempted. "But you understood what I was saying, so why are you doing too known?"

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  23. Soooooooooo true, Flossy. Thanks for commenting. Will check out your blog in no time :)

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