The Brief: This nonsensical phrase, which derives from a Ghanian artist's music video, has been used when sharing someone's hot take on a subject on Twitter.
When Ghanaian singer Kawoula Biov used the phrase, “Scopatmanaa” as a lyric in his song, “Daavi Neba,” he probably didn’t predict that his lyrics would become a viral, nonsensical phrase on Twitter.
The line has recently circulated on Twitter, as both “Scopatmanaa” and more regularly, “Sco Pa Tu Manaa”. But what does the phrase actually mean?
Translating “Sco Pa Tu Manaa”
Due to the fact that there are different variations in spelling “Sco pa tu manaa,” it also has a few different meanings from different languages. According to Urban Dictionary, “Scopatmanaa” is a Zambian word that roughly translates to something like that, “one should express their own opinion on a particular topic or object”.
Know Your Meme on the other hand, notes it as being a slang term that means “I’ll hit you” and “you’ll find this interesting” in Hawaiian.
damn thats crazy. sco pa tu manaa bout this? pic.twitter.com/6FyEJvzfts
— sarah tonin (@lilcornerstore) July 22, 2019
Whatever its origins, it seems Twitter users are applying the phrase to mean sharing their opinions on a particular subject, similar to hot take.
People have also drawn comparisons between “Sco Pa Tu Manaa” and “Unpopular Opinion,” another popular Twitter phrase.
twitter really turned ‘Sco pa tu manaa?’ into the 2nd coming of ‘Unpopular Opinion:’ I hate y’all
— blondie wasabi (@bIondiewasabi) July 22, 2019
So y’all did that damn “Unpopular opinion” thing for 76 months straight and then thought you were slick by replacing it with “sco pa tu manaa” BUT ITS THE SAME DAMN THING AND IM TIRED
— RAVEN ELYSE (@RavenElyseTV) July 21, 2019
In most Sco Pa Tu Manaa memes, people share a photo or discussion topic with the caption, “Sco pa tu manaa”. By labeling it as such, the Twitter-poster is asking users to reply with what they think about it or an unpopular opinion on that subject matter.
The phrase and topics surrounding it have proved to be especially popular with Black Twitter.
Sco pa tu manaa pic.twitter.com/uFw4aY2Klf
— nc the problem! (@nchanelxo) July 15, 2019
male friends are the first ones to make sure you’re okay, they’re overprotective, they cheer you up, and they give you the best advice without sugarcoating anything. they’re like older brothers https://t.co/VD9FxEBRCY
— LE$ (@ANTILeslie) July 17, 2019
What's up with this tweet? ➡️ Sco pa tu manaa pic.twitter.com/MN0Fnd6BjN
— Makatesi (@jacklulo) July 22, 2019
This super-meta “Sco Pa Tu Manaa” tweet about Twitter.
Sco pa tu manaa? pic.twitter.com/BsV6dxVqMy
— The Idea Junkie (@jerrydoubles) July 10, 2019
Therapist: And what do we say when we feel like this?
Me: Sco pa tu manaa?
— Zαid (@Zaaaidk) July 17, 2019
Sco pa tu manaa (girls only) 😂 pic.twitter.com/WxsdECpdx4
— abdvlqadr (@Alqas_ab) July 15, 2019
“Sco Pa Tu Manaa” Reactions
Perhaps the most hilarious memes and tweets come from the many confused Twitter users, who are both fed up with and confused by the phrase entirely.
Some people are annoyed by the frequency of “Sco Pa Tu Manaa” posts.
Nowadays i see this more often than i see my family members "sco pa tu manaa?" 😑😑
— DavidSoo (@Davidsoofficial) July 22, 2019
My timeline every 7 seconds: ScO pA tU mAnAa pic.twitter.com/e2gBSHsliv
— Yannis (YEET 🤠) (@YannisVL) July 22, 2019
This variation of the Nobody: Me: meme:
my entire twitter feed: Sco pa tu manaa😂
— trish (@ULTRAGLOSS) July 22, 2019
Other people are just high key confused by the definition of “Sco Pa Tu Manaa”… if there even is one.
Me trying to figure out what “Sco pa tu manaa” means pic.twitter.com/wFVJD06Esa
— Green Chyna (@CORNYASSBITCH) July 21, 2019
I feel like y’all just putting random pics out at this point and saying “sco pa tu manaa” https://t.co/IErIl6yVFk
— kway (@liltypoe) July 21, 2019
Big mood confused.
Me trying to figure out what “Sco pa tu manaa ??” means pic.twitter.com/LmEuiTKWeL
— 𓂀 TRAY 𓂀 (@xTRVONx) July 21, 2019
Me in bed tonight thinking about what “sco pa tu manaa” means #loveisand pic.twitter.com/lPQM9B1f5G
— Pollard (@Pollard_17) July 21, 2019
Everyone on Twitter: “sco pa tu manaa?”pic.twitter.com/Y800unBeXV
— Neek (@SimplyShanneek) July 17, 2019
It’s clear that there’s a good majority of Twitter users that are already fed up with the trend.
So when is this sco pa tu manaa phase gonna die out?
— Musti (@MusBreezy_) July 21, 2019
I want this “ sco pa tu manaa “ thing to be gone by 12pm
— R1+O 🇳🇬🦅 (@r1finesse_) July 21, 2019
Yal gone “Sco pa tu manaa” me to death pic.twitter.com/Wn7foaaegc
— come around stepping on necks (@HeartThrob_SHAQ) July 22, 2019
This #FaceApp meme says it all:
if i see one more of those “sco pa tu manaa” tweets pic.twitter.com/QaGQrq9VPG
— jose (@ariestwink) July 22, 2019
every time i see those tweets that are like “sco pa tu manaa” my mind goes “scooby doo pa pa”
— rhistonecowboy (@spookybutgroovy) July 19, 2019
y’all gonna “sco pa tu manaa” me to death
— F² 🎖 (@fonzfranc) July 20, 2019
It’s unclear whether or not this phrase is here to stay, especially since so many people can’t seem to grasp the point, meaning, or spelling.
every time i think ive finally fully grasped the meaning of “sco pa tu manaa” it’s used in a different context so i’ve given up. pic.twitter.com/V75hBX7uOQ
— 𝕍𝕖𝕣𝕠𝕟𝕚𝕘𝕘𝕒 𝕄𝕒𝕣𝕤, ℙ𝕣𝕚𝕧𝕒𝕥𝕖 𝔼𝕪𝕖. (@DariaanMichelle) July 16, 2019
Perhaps it’s a questions best left for the Area 51 aliens…
Me asking my alien what sco pa tu manaa meanspic.twitter.com/o9MCIcskFC
— (a+b)²=a²+2ab+b² (@fakiha_zaheer) July 17, 2019