Sco pa tu manaa

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‘Sco Pa Tu Manaa’ is all over Twitter–here’s what it means

The short answer is gibberish, and the long answer is something else entirely.

Apr 21, 2020, 3:23 pm*

Internet Culture

Stacey Ritzen 

Stacey Ritzen

Anyone who has spent time on Twitter recently may have noticed the phrase “sco pa tu manaa” appears to be taking the platform by storm.

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The only problem is that no one seems to know what it means. Many users are sending a bunch of confused and irritated reactions.

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What does the phrase ‘sco pa tu manaa’ mean?

Much like the phrase itself, the explanation is somewhat confusing. According to KnowYourMeme, “sco pa tu manaa” is a slang term in Hawaiian culture. The phrase means both, “What experience does this remind you of?” and, “I’ll hit you.”

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For its recent surge in popularity, we have Ghanaian recording artist Kawoula Biov to thank. In April, Biov released a single called “Daavi Neba.” The song features a rap verse by fellow Ghanaian Patapaa. In the months since, the YouTube video for the song has raked in over 700,000 views. (Patapaa’s verse begins at the 1:45 mark.)

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Ghana Page broke down the lyrics. The page reads, “till patu pataa, skoska to mana … filo di si dadaa, kati don panpana, ma don go don, ma ga da zen zen, na dan bam badan, ko danko kedo.”

However, adding an extra layer of complexity, the phrase “sco pa tu manaa” has no known meaning in Ghanaian language. In fact, people apparently know Patapaa for including gibberish in his music. In the context of the song, the phrase is thought to hold no real meaning.

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So, Twitter users gave “sco pa tu manaa” their own definition.

Twitter users define the phrase “sco pa tu manaa”

Urban Dictionary cites the meaning loosely as, “What’s your opinion on this matter?” or, “What’s your experience?” This is why you might see the phrase with a topic or image, which users then respond to with their own feelings or experiences.

For example, people may provide their own opinions on high school, cologne, boobs, or kicks–just for starters.

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*First Published: Jul 27, 2019, 5:38 pm