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Oxford Dictionary Adds Chop-Chop, Mama Put, Other Expressions To Dictionary



The Oxford English Dictionary (OED), in its January Updates, added 29 Nigerian words and expressions to the dictionary.

OED’s World English Editor, Danica Salazar made this known in a statement.

He said, “The majority of these new additions are either borrowings from Nigerian languages, or unique Nigerian coinages thay have only begun to be used in English in the second half of the twentieth century, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s.”

One of the new additions, ‘Next tomorrow’ was, according to Salazar, first used in written English as a noun in 1953, anf as an adverb in 1964.

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The hausa movie industry known as Kannywood was also part of the new additions.

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.

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