Last month, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) announced a new development: it would be adding 29 new “loanwords” from Nigerian pidgin to the English dictionary. The news caused excitement amongst Nigerians on Twitter after it was shared by Nigerian linguist and founder of Yorubaname.com, Kola Tubosun.
According to Tubosun, new words get added to the dictionary when they “gain new currency,” which reflects how these words are being used in everyday language and not how they should be used (contrary to how many believe dictionaries function).
In the release notes, announcing the update, OED highlighted the ways in which Nigerians have put their own touch on the English language, writing:
By taking ownership of English and using it as their own medium of expression, Nigerians have made, and are continuing to make, a unique and distinctive contribution to English as a global language. We highlight their contributions in this month’s update of the Oxford English Dictionary, as a number of Nigerian English words make it into the dictionary for the first time.Kola Tubosun
Here’s A List Of The Words
Agric , Barbing Salon, Buka, Bukateria, Chop, Chop-Chop, Danfo,To eat money, Ember Months, Flag-off, Gist, Guber, Kannywod, K-leg, Mama Put, Next Tomorrow, Non-Indigine, Okada, To Put To Bed, Qualitative, To Rub Minds (Together), Sef, Send-forth, Severally, Tokunbo, Zonning.