29 Nigerian English Words Have Been Added To The Oxford English Dictionary

January 21, 2020

It’s common knowledge that Nigerians have taken the English language and moulded it into ways that fit their reality. From this, many Nigerian English words like trafficate, buka, okada, and senior brother have been born. Well, it looks like The Oxford English Dictionary has finally recognized Nigeria’s contribution to English as a global language by including some of our own words in the January 2019 update. 29 words to be exact.

Here’s a list of those words.

1) Agric:

2) Barbing Salon:

3) Buka:

4) Bukateria:

5) Chop:

6) Chop Chop:

7) Danfo:

8) To eat money, in eat:

9) Ember Months:

10) To flag off, in flag:

11) Gist (n/3):

12) Gist (v/2):

13) Guber:

14) Kannywood:

15) K-Leg:

16) Mama Put:

17) Next Tomorrow:

18) Non-indigene:

19) Okada:

20) To put to bed, in put:

21) Qualitative:

22) To rub minds together:

23) Sef:

24) Send-Forth:

25) Severally:

26) Tokunbo:

27) Zone:

28) Zoning:

29) Flag-off:

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