Stella Dimoko Oxford Dictionary Includes Nigerian Slangs 'Tokunbo,Danfo,K-leg' In 3rd Edition


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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Oxford Dictionary Includes Nigerian Slangs 'Tokunbo,Danfo,K-leg' In 3rd Edition

The principal historical dictionary of the English language, Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has recognised some frequently used Nigerian English as standard English words and included it in its recent update.

OED effects its updates on a quarterly basis and the recent, January 2020 constitute the Third Edition of the dictionary.

In a statement on its websites, OED said; “The material added to the dictionary includes revised versions of existing entries (which replace the older versions), and new words and senses both within the alphabetical sequence of revised entries and also across the whole A to Z range.”

“The OED‘s latest update sees the addition of several Nigerian English words, including bukateria, danfo, and tokunbo.”

There were no lesser than twenty-nine (29) new words from Nigerian English in the new update.

Nigerian English in OED update

1. agric, adj. & n.
2. barbing salon, n.
3. buka, n.
4. bukateria, n.
5. chop, v./6
6. chop-chop, n./2
7. danfo, n.
8. to eat money, in eat, v.
9. ember months, n.
10. flag-off, n.
11. to flag off in flag, v.
12. gist, n./3
13. gist, v./2
14. guber, adj.
15. Kannywood, n.
16. K-leg, n.
17. mama put, n.
18. next tomorrow, n. & adv.
19. non-indigene, adj. & n.
20. okada, n.
21. to put to bed, in put, v.
22. qualitative, adj.
23. to rub minds (together) in rub, v./1
24. sef, adv.
25. send-forth, n.
26. severally, adv.
27. tokunbo, adj.
28. zone, v.
29. zoning, n.

To buttress the impact of Nigerian English in literature, the OED World English Editor, Danica Salazar, referenced a quote by Nigerian renown female author, Chimamanda Adichie, “My English-speaking is rooted in a Nigerian experience and not in a British or American or Australian one. I have taken ownership of English.”
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  1. Replies
    1. To eat money, lmao πŸ˜‚
      Dem nor put nollywood?
      We get plenty more.

  2. K-leg.. mmmhhh!! Haaa.. I don't like it at all, it looks horrible though me I have slight bow leg but luckily I'm tall like a model..

    1. Who ask you all these news?

    2. Who ask you all these news?

  3. At least all those people using severally instead of several times, would be happy now. It's no longer a grammatical error. πŸ˜… nice!!!

    There are others that needs to be put into consideration. I.e
    Shine your eye
    Gbe body e
    Waka about
    Waka waka
    Audio money
    Etc etc.

    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    2. They should kuku change the whole Dictionary because as it is now, na Naija get the best English past and the English dey sweet for mouth 🀣🀣

  4. WOW. NICE.


  5. I am not surprise when the whites are already speaking our native language set( yoruba etc) fluently ooo, what else is left?

  6. I am just waiting for those who will fail waec English and general studies 101 for using these

    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    2. HeHeHeHeHe πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    3. Anon my love,what can I say? 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

    4. Like someone will write in an exam
      Essay topic; how I waka enter Ojuelegba Market😊😊
      Teacher: zero, see me for cane

  7. knocked knee or k leg is cause by deficiency in vitamin d, if a child is going to be tall when he/she is3years old you will begin to notice the slight shift in the knee region, it could be corrected by placing the child on multi vitamin and exposing the child to right amount of sunshine.

  8. If Una think you have been hearing pidgin English, come to Benin or Warri & hear real konk pidgin.

    1. Add Bayelsa to the list mehn their pidgin is stunning.

    2. I raise hands for Niger Delta pidgin, the thing dey sweet for ear die. #ProwdlyNigerDeltan

  9. Born a big fan of CNA’s politics, but credit where it is due: she has shone a big light on African/Nigerian literature and Africanness/Nigerianness as a whole. Big ups to her for that.

  10. Nice, Adichie keep on keeping on!!!


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