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Nigerian Words like “Buka”, “Chop”, “Okada” and more added to the Oxford Dictionary

Nigerian Words like “Buka”, “Chop”, “Okada” and more added to the Oxford Dictionary

Doris Ukaonu

To mark the acceptance of Nigeria’s English, the Oxford English Dictionary added some of our words into its list of words.

This move was triggered after the uproar which followed the disqualification of “Lionheart” from the Oscars foreign feature category helped popularize Nigerian English to foreign counterparts.

On Twitter, folks had a prolonged argument on how the tone of Nigerian English creates a clear cut gap between British or American.

The dictionary through a statement released on its website wrote “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.”

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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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