Ok Coke No Problem Hello

Ok Coke No Problem Hello
Tuesday, July 10, 2007

If I do not chicken out, I will buy a Sanya Motorcycle today in Atakpame, Togo. This may be the most painless purchase on the planet of a vehicle, and I will only know after I am finished. I have to be brave and ignore the Togo peoples advice, or accept may be more correct. Whatever, I do, I should stop thinking, I do not want to understand.

They keep saying to me,
“No Problem!”

“Pas Probleme” in the Togo French Language

Alex Garland in the book “The Beach” astutely does the travelers quandary followed by a proposition when he reflects that OK is the most popular term used on the planet, and then closely followed by Coke, as in Coca-Cola.

I am thinking,

Ok is First
Coke is Second
No Problem is Third
Moreover, strangely Hello is Fourth, or Hallo.

And I say strangely because as Taia, the American Volunteer girl keenly noticed the French Togo answer the telephone with a,
- Allo -

I listened to people in Thailand answer the phone and say something as if a Hallo, and here they do the same, a person would surmise in a consistent world the Togo people would say, Bonjour, and the Thailand people would say, Sawadee Kalp, however, nope, they say,
“Allo. -

There is the new culture of the mobile cell phone that has identified that you need to say hello when answering a mobile phone.

What I learn, when I have no reason to learn…

No Problem

The most common terms on the planet are above,

“No problem.”

This is the problem, there is no way a person can say no problem is third, there is a problem with saying there is no problem, because there really is no way to know, no problem is third, that is the problem.

No problem means, do not think about it, or you will write a sentence like the one above.

Reference “The Beach” by Alex Garland

Ok Coke No Problem Hello


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It is odd that 'hello' is such a popular word, because its use as a greeting dates only to the time of the telephone. Thomas Edison suggested it's use instead of 'Ahoy' which was preferred by Alexander Graham Bell.

Prior to this, most recorded uses of 'hello' are in the context of 'hullo!' which was an exclaimation of suprise.

it seems to have boomed globally. maybe television helped.

Ash, I think the universal word is maybe hallo or hullo, but hard to call this a specific sound, there is something about answering a telephone that makes people make funny noises in the phone. Natural speech seems to disappear and maybe you are right, and exclamation is what they do.

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