Folks have always argued on the unique difference between Nigerian English and British or American English, especially how it carries the peculiar cadence of Nigerians.

The argument is over because the Oxford English Dictionary has recognized Nigerians’ ownership of the English language, and several of our words have made it into the dictionary for the first time!

In a statement released on the dictionary’s website, they wrote that “Nigerians have made, and are continuing to make, a unique and distinctive contribution to English as a global language,” and shared the 29 Nigerian-English words that are now “official.”

They are:

  • agric
  • barbing salon
  • buka
  • bukateria
  • chop
  • chop-chop
  • danfo
  • to eat money
  • ember months
  • flag-off
  • to flag off
  • gist (noun)
  • gist (verb)
  • guber
  • Kannywood
  • K-leg
  • mama put
  • next tomorrow
  • non-indigene
  • okada
  • to put to bed
  • qualitative
  • to rub minds
  • sef
  • send-forth
  • severally
  • tokunbo
  • zone (verb)
  • zoning (noun)

 

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