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Hi there! You are welcome to lesson 4 of the Twi vocabulary course. In our last lesson, we learnt about the months of the year in Twi.
The present lesson promises to be an interesting one. We are going to learn the Twi names of the various human body parts. As comprehensive as the list below may appear, it is by no means exhaustive of all the human body parts there are. Hence, if you know of the Twi name of any body part that is not included in the list, please contribute by posting it in the comments section below the post.
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Human Body Parts in Twi
|nipadua||the human body|
|honam akwaa||body parts|
|etire nwi/tiri nwi||hair (on head)|
|ani ntɔn nwi||eyebrow|
|ɛse akyi nam||gum|
|ɛkɔn akyi nam||scruff|
|ayaaseɛ||pelvic region/lower abdomen|
|nan mmuromu/nan mu||sole|
|nan kokom||popliteal fossa/knee pit|
|badwoa (plural: mmadwoa)||lump|
Tabooed Human Body Parts in Twi
You may have noticed that certain body parts have been excluded from the list above. This is intentional. The Akan people place strict prohibitions on the open utterance of certain names. Amongst such names include those that refer to the various sexual organs. When talking about such tabooed parts, Akans normally resort to euphemisms to connote them. The actual Twi names for these body parts are considered too vulgar by Akans and, for that matter, hardly used. Below, I give the Twi names of these body parts, along with their respective euphemisms. If you have to talk about any of them, please respect tradition and use the euphemisms.
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