Mama, Gist, Okada and Other Nigerian Slang Included in Edited Oxford Dictionary

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Some Nigerian Slang and expressions have been include to the updated edition of the Oxford English Dictionary’s January update.

29 Nigerian words were added. While some of the words were borrowed, others are coinages.



“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”.

Below is a list of the Nigerian words added to the updated Oxford English Dictionary:

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.

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