It is now official that a total of 29 Nigerian words and expressions have been added to arguably the world’s most popular English dictionary.
In a release note on Oxford English Dictionary (OED)’s official blog, it said the words were incorporated into the dictionary in recognition of Nigerians’ “unique and distinctive contribution to English as a global language”.
The Oxford English Dictionary has recognized Nigerians’ ownership of the English language, and several of our words like danfo, a Yoruba word for yellow mini-buses conveying passengers across Lagos and Okada , a word for a commercial motorcycle, have made it into the dictionary for the first time!
Below are the list of the new entries of Nigerian words:
Agric, adj. & n.
Barbing salon, n.
To eat money, in eat, v.
Ember months, n.
To flag off in flag, v.
Mama put, n.
Next tomorrow, n. & adv.
Non-indigene, adj. & n.
To put to bed, in put, v.
To rub minds (together) in rub, v./1