A fruity language

pineapple Ghana Tamale Dagbani alaafee

How are you? Pineapple.

We’re not pros when it comes to Dagbani, the local language in Tamale, but we’ve got the standard greetings down. And we know that the answer to ‘How are you?’ or in fact the answer to any question asking ‘how is/was..’ (how was your weekend, how is your family, etc.) is ‘Alaafee’ – meaning, or so we thought, ‘fine’…

But it turns out that, bizarrely, ‘alaafee‘ also means ‘pineapple.’

I now intend to carry a pineapple around with me all the time, and proffer it as a response to all questions about my well-being…

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