Danfo, Okada, Tokunbo, K-leg and 25 other “Nigerian English” has been added to the Oxford Dictionary in new update

The Oxford English Dictionary has been updated to include some Nigerian words and expressions.



In the Oxford English Dictionary’s January update, 29 Nigerian words were added and it was announced in a blog post on the dictionary’s website.



In the post, the Oxford English Dictionary explained that some of the words were borrowed while 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,” the post added.



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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