Amazing! As Oxford English Dictionary Added A Big Batch Of Nigerian Words To Its New Edition.

Oxford University Press, world leading Publisher of English Dictionary has added 29 Nigerian English words and expressions to its latest version of dictionary. Mostly some unique Nigerian coinage, expressions and those derived from Nigeria Languages.

Nigeria is recognized as one of the largest English speaking countries in the world having millions of Nigerians using English to communicate on a daily basis. Hence, the colloquialisms of Nigerian English give different flavors of the language and have made it into the latest updates of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Nigerians have crafted new words, phrases and meanings that have overtime become widely adopted. Among the new entries are:

  • “To rub minds,” which means to consult and work together,
  • “Barbing salon” — a place to get a haircut,
  • “Ember months” — used to describe the last months of the year, usually from September to December
  • “next tomorrow,” meaning the day after tomorrow,
  • “Put to bed” which means to give birth to a child,
  • “K-leg” meaning a problem or flaw,
  • “Tokunbo” which is An imported second hand product,
  • “Kannywood,” the word describing the Nigerian Hausa-language film industry, based in the city of Kano.
  • Others include: “Gist”, “Chop”, “Mama Put”, “Danfo”, “Okada”, “Flag-off”, “Non-indigene”, “Zoning”, “Guber” etc.

According to Danica Salazar, the Oxford English Dictionary’s World English Editor, the new words were included as part of a project to ensure the dictionary reflected the full spectrum of the English language. English has become a global language used in different parts of the world by people from different backgrounds.So recognizing there are now many different centres of English around the world and that one of these happens to be the Nigerian.

Nigeria has made and are still making unique and distinctive contributions by offering new word additions to English globally, we can now say that the story of English would not be complete without including the part Nigerians play in that.

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