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Opinions of Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Columnist: MyNigeria

#1000WaysToDie has come to stay after 'o jewa ke eng', 'Sco pa tu mana', others

If you are an avid user of Twitter, then you know that one of the best ways tweeps communicate is to leverage on hashtags. It could be to push a product, or stan your latest fave. It could also serve as a medium of passing a strong message to the world.

Hashtags grew powerful when they went on to pool savage responses and long threads where users could air their views on whatever topic. It even became much more interesting when there was always an audience to whatever absurd thing you post.

Something in scarce commodity especially when you are no influencer.

That was how o jewa ke eng came to light. It was tweeted by 18-year-old Keabetswe Jan on a typical Saturday evening in early January: ‘O jewa ke eng?’

Like a kindled flame, it spread and blew up on the app. It loosely translates to ‘what is eating you up?’ or ‘what is troubling you? Very slowly, the South African phrase merged several African cultures together and opened up a newer method of engagement.

People latched on to it. Shared personal stories, mental health, child abuse, sexual harassment,etc. It became Twitter's plug for whatever it was that troubled you. Audience was very much available and the opportunity of meeting someone from a distant part of Africa became very possible.

After many weeks "O jewa ke eng" lost its hold on Twitter and slowly gave way to "Sco pa tu mana."

The real meaning of Sco pa tu manaa is “I'll hit you” which originated from Hawaiian Language. Sco pa tu mana surfaced online few months after the short break from “O jewa ka eng” which means “what is it that is bothering your soul.”

Sco pa tu manaa also means: What experience does this remind you of." And like its "O jewa ke eng" counterpart, people took Sco pa tu manaa to nonliving things, animals and even 18+ rated content.

Slowly, Bomboclaat creeped in.

The first known use of the Bomboclaat meme was on September 3rd 2019. Twitter user @rudebwoy_lamz shared two images from the American animated comedy series CatDog with the caption “Bomboclaat”. The post received more than 13k likes and 3.3k retweets.

According to Urban Dictionary, the word is Jamaican and is a curse word used when surprised or angry. The site says it is “equivalent” to fuck.

Bomboclaat can also be spelled Bumbaclaat, Bumbclaat or Bumbaclot. It is an expletive Jamaican Patwah slang word for a menstrual pad or toilet paper. The phrase is used as an insult or an interjection expressing disgust or anger, according to Know Your Meme.

Bomboclaat also means “caption this”. It is majorly used on photos.

However, bomboclaat did not exactly last long in its reign. Not as long as Sco pa tu manaa or O jewa ke eng until the birth of 1000 Ways To Die came on board. It was posted by @DeoThe_Weirdo as a challenge, exactly 8:28 am this morning.

Twitter literally exploded. As several people caught on it. As at the time of writing this piece, it recorded over 16,000 tweets in a single day. Could this be the start of something new?

1000 Ways To Die has no official explanation. A look through the thread tells you it is designed for savage responses. Trust Nigerian savage twitter users to latch on it. They have and it is soon to become the next surviving Twitter hashtag ever.

Just watch.