Okada, Mama-Put, 27 other Nigerian slangs added to Dictionary

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The Oxford English Dictionary

The term used to describe Northern Nigerian Film industry, ‘Kannywood,’ and ‘mama-put,’ a colloquial for road-side local restaurants, are  among 29 Nigerian words/slangs that appeared in the January update of Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

The OED’s World English Editor, Danica Salazar, announced in a statement the `admission’ of 29 Nigerian words and expressions in the January updates to the dictionary.

She said: “The majority of these new additions are either borrowings from Nigerian languages or unique Nigerian coinages.”

According to her, some of these coinages have only begun to be used in English in the second half of the 20th  century, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s.

‘Next tomorrow,’ regarded as the oldest among the uniquely Nigerian words/expressions, is one of the new entries into the dictionary.

According to Salazar, ‘next tomorrow’ was first used in written English as a noun in 1953, and as an adverb in 1964.

‘Okada,’ a popular word in Nigeria for motorbike and ‘Tokunbo,’ a word for second-hand materials, are now in the dictionary.

All the new Nigerian everyday words added 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.

Others are:

  • Kannywood
  • K-leg (bow leg)
  • Mama put
  • Next tomorrow
  • Non-indigene
  • Okada
  • To put to bed
  • Qualitative
  • To rub minds,
  • Sef,
  • Send-forth,
  • Severally,
  • Tokunbo,
  • Zone and zoning.