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Oxford Dictionary adds ‘Okada’, ‘danfo’, ‘buka’, 26 other Nigerian words to the Dictionary

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Oxford Dictionary said it has added 29 Nigerian words in the January Updates to the Dictionary. 21st January, 2020
“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,” OED’s World English editor Danica Salazar said in a statement

The full list of the new entries is as follows:

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.

non-indegene, adj. & n.

okada, n.

to put to bed, in put, v.

qualitative adj.

to rub minds (together), in rub v.

sef, adv.

send-forth, n.

severally, adj.

tokunbo, adj.

zone, v.

zoning, n.

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