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Mama Put, Danfo and 27 other Nigerian words now in Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary has added 29 Nigerian words and expressions in the January 2020 updates to the dictionary.

A statement released on the dictionary’s website, reads;

“Nigerians have made, and are continuing to make, a unique and distinctive contribution to English as a global language.”

The Oxford English Dictionary January 2020 update includes 29 Nigerian-English words that are now “official.

“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.

See the full list of Nigerian English language words added to the Oxford Dictionary below:

agric

barbing salon

buka

bukateria

chop

chop-chop

danfo

to eat money

ember months

flag-off

to flag off

gist (noun)

gist (verb)

fiber

Kannywood

K-9 leg

mama put

next tomorrow

non-indigene

okada

to put to bed

qualitative

to rub minds

set

send-forth

severally

tokunbo

zone (verb)

zoning (noun)

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