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Oxford English Adds “Danfo” And Other Expressions To Its Dictionary

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The Oxford English Dictionary, in its January updates, added 29 Nigerian words and expressions to the dictionary. The Oxford English Dictionary’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 that 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, and as an adverb in 1964.


The Hausa-language film industry of Northern Nigeria, known as Kannywood, was also part of the new additions.


Oxford English Adds "Danfo" and Other Expressions to Its Dictionary


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Take a look at all the full entries below:

  1. Agric, adj. & n.
  2. barbing salon, n.
  3. buka, n.
  4. bukateria, n.
  5. chop, v./6
  6. chop-chop, n./2
  7. Danfo, n.
  8. to eat money, in eat, v.
  9. ember months, n.
  10. flag-off, n.
  11. to flag off in flag, v.
  12. gist, n./
  13. gist, v./2
  14. Guber, adj.
  15. Kannywood, n.
  16. K-leg, n.
  17. mama put, n.
  18. next tomorrow, n. & adv.
  19. non-indigene, adj. & n.
  20. Okada, n.
  21. to put to bed, in put, v.
  22. qualitative, adj.
  23. to rub minds (together) in rub, v./1
  24. sef, adv.
  25. send-forth, n.
  26. severally, adv.
  27. Tokunbo, adj.
  28. zone, v.
  29. zoning, n.


It is good to know that the Oxford English Dictionary recognised these words and expressions widely used in Nigeria. Who else is excited that these words have made it to the Oxford English Dictionary?


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