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Oxford Dictionary Adds Tokunbo, Okada, Mama-Put & 29 Other Nigerian Words In January Updates


Oxford Dictionary Adds Tokunbo, Okada, Mama-Put  & 29 Other Nigerian Words In January Updates


Staying true to your originality sure has its benefits and suffice it to say, Nigerians surely doesn't flinch when it comes to originality. In 9ice words "originality works for me, why I no go blow...."

Anyway, Oxford English Dictionary has rewarded that originality by adding 29 Nigerian words and expressions in their January updates to the it's dictionary.

In their words:

“The majority of these new additions are either borrowings from Nigerian languages, or unique Nigerian coinages that have only begun to be used in English in the second half of the twentieth century, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s,” OED’s World English editor Danica Salazar said in a statement.

‘Next tomorrow,’ is one of the new entries into the dictionary. The expression is regarded as the oldest among the over 25 uniquely Nigerian words/expressions. According to Salazar, ‘next tomorrrow’ was first used in written English as a noun in 1953, and as an adverb in 1964.

Kannywood, which refers to the film industry in northern Nigeria, is deemed the youngest among the lot. Others such as ‘buka,’ ‘bukateria’, 'mama put' and ‘severally’ also made the dictionary.

See the full list of the new entries below:

agric, adj. & n.
barbing salon, n.
buka, n.
bukateria, n.
chop, v./6
chop-chop, n./2
danfo, n.
to eat money, in eat, v.
ember months, n.
flag-off, n.
to flag off in flag, v.
gist, n./3
gist, v./2
guber, adj.
Kannywood, n.
K-leg, n.
mama put, n.
next tomorrow, n. & adv.
non-indigene, adj. & n.
okada, n.
to put to bed, in put, v.
qualitative, adj.
to rub minds (together) in rub, v./1
sef, adv.
send-forth, n.
severally, adv.
tokunbo, adj.
zone, v.
zoning, n.

Editor's Note

So now, if I say Okada, na correct English I speak be that ba? Oxford self no get head sha. That's why I keep telling people, knowing how to speak English fluently is not and will never be a measure of intelligence.

Abi watin una think?

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