Oxford English Dictionary has added about 30 Nigerian words and phrases to the dictionary.
Danica Salazar, the editor of the Oxford Dictionary, said in a statement that some of these words are borrowed from Nigerian and other are coins.
“The majority of these new additions are either bonds from Nigerian languages or unique Nigerian coins that were only used in English in the second half of the 20th century, mainly in the 1970s and 1980s,” said Danica, World English of OED Sagte Salazar.
“Next tomorrow”, one of the new entries in the dictionary, is said to be the oldest of the over 25 unique Nigerian words / phrases.
According to Salazar, “next tomorrrow” was first used in writing in 1953 as a noun and in 1964 as an adverb.
Others such as “buka”, “bukateria” and “severally” also found their way into the dictionary.
The full list of new entries can be found below:
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