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Oxford Dictionary Adopts ‘Mama Put’, 28 Other Nigerian Words

Jayfred Ugo

Jayfred Ugo

The Oxford English Dictionary has announced the addition of 29 Nigerian words and expressions in the updated dictionary which will be available from the January 2020 editions.

OED’s World English Editor, Danica Salazar, made this known in a statement issued to the press on Tuesday, she said,

“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.”

Mrs Danica Salazar gave reference to ’next tomorrow’ as a Nigerian expression which is regarded as the oldest among the 29 newly added uniquely Nigerian words/expressions.

She explained that the expression ’next tomorrow’ was first used in written English as a noun in 1953, and as an adverb in 1964, whilst adding that ’next tomorrow,’ is one of the new entries into the dictionary.

Another word ’Kannywood’ is deemed the youngest word among the 29 Nigerian words and expression and it is the name given to the film industry in the northern part of Nigeria.

Others such as ‘buka,’ ‘bukateria’ and ‘severally’ also made the dictionary.

The full list of the new entries is below:

  • 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.

This latest development goes a long way in showing that Nigerian slangs and language is vastly becoming an accepted entity in the diaspora.

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