Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has introduced 29 Nigerian words and
expressions in the January updates to its glossary.
Although OED’s World English editor, Danica Salazar, announced this in a blog
post last week, the news of the latest addition went viral recently.
She 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
In his reaction, President Buhari decried the killing of the clergyman amid
indications that the insurgents were going to release him.
He, however, condoled with the family of the slain reverend, the Christian
community across the country, as well as the government and people of
“I am greatly saddened by the fact that the terrorists went on to kill him even
while giving signals of a willingness to set him free by releasing him to third
“This incident has further strengthened our resolve as a government, and the
resolve of our gallant Armed Forces, to comprehensively defeat all terrorist
groups sowing death, violence, and destruction in our country and across West
Africa,” the President said.
Some of the words and expressions added to the updated edition of the
dictionary include Buka, chop-chop, ember months, Guber, next tomorrow,
and tokunbo, among others.
See the full list of the new entries and their respective meanings below:
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