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10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by DucatiKNG: 9:10am On Feb 18, 2015
Disvirgin, cross-carpeting, go-slow & 7 more ‘words’ you won’t find in the dictionary By @ChineduRylan

Installmentally: This “word” is a favourite of many Nigerians, but, sadly, it simply does not exist. You won’t find it any reputable dictionary. The correct thing to say when “installmentally” comes to your mind is in instalments or by instalments.

Plumpy: Nigerians use “plumpy” when they want to say that someone is chubby or slightly fat. The correct expression is plump.

Disvirgin: This particular “word” is used severally on a daily basis, especially by Nigerian men when they intend saying that a woman has lost her virginity to a guy. The correct word to use, however, is deflower, because “disvirgin” is not a word.

Crosscarpeting or cross-carpeting: This is a favourite of Nigerian politicians and political analysts alike. They use it when they want to say that a politician has dumped his political party for another party, usually a rival party. The right terms to use when describing this scenario are party switching, defection and crossing the floor and not “cross-carpeting” or “crosscarpeting.”

Go-slow: The word go-slow exists, but not in the way Nigerians use it. A “go-slow,” in the peculiarly Nigerian context, is a situation in which road traffic is very sluggish due to vehicle queues. However, go-slow in the English language actually means an industrial tactic used by employees whereby they intentionally reduce activity, productivity and efficiency in order to press home some demands. When this happens, you say that work in the office, factory or organization is at a go-slow. The correct terms to use when road traffic is very sluggish due to vehicle queues are traffic jam, traffic congestion, gridlock, and (less technically) hold-up, not “go-slow.”

Cunny: “Cunny” is not found in authoritative dictionaries, but it can be found in some slang dictionaries. Over there, it is a slang used to refer to a woman’s vagina. The correct term to use is cunning (which is used to describe someone that is being deceitful or crafty) and not “cunny.”

Opportuned: There is nothing like “opportuned” anywhere in the English language, but that has not stopped its blatant use by all and sundry in Nigeria, including journalists and writers. The correct word is opportune. The word opportune is an adjective; therefore it has no past tense. An adjective has no past tense. However, some verbs can function as adjectives or adverbs in a sentence. These verbs are called participles and they do have past tenses. They are not pure adjectives. Examples of participles are fattened, amused, disgusted, mystified, overwhelmed, upset and bored. Be that as it may, opportune is a pure adjective and not a participle, therefore it has no past tense. Opportune means appropriate or well-timed.

Alright: “Alright” is a misspelling of the term all right. All right is used when you want to say that something is adequate, acceptable, agreeable or suitable. To hardcore English language linguists, “alright” is not a word. However, its usage is gaining traction and it’s increasingly becoming acceptable. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary – which is considered the gold standard among American English speakers – has recently drawn a lot of criticisms for its permissiveness when it began indexing some otherwise colloquial and street language terms, including “alright.” Most linguists disagree with the gradual acceptance of “alright” as a word by the public and even the media, while those in the minority are “alright” with it.

Wake-keeping: “Wake-keeping” exists only in the imagination of a few English speakers. As a matter of fact, there is no such thing as “wake-keeping.” The correct word is wake and not even “wake-keep.” Both “wake-keeping” and “wake-keep” are ungrammatical.

Screentouch: This bad grammatical expression gained currency in Nigeria and neighbouring West African countries with the influx of made-in-China stylus pen touchscreen not-so-smart phones in the mid 2000s. It was a novelty then; many in Nigeria had not seen it – or even thought such advanced technology was possible – before. So, they looked for a name to call it and “screentouch” came to mind, after all you just touch the screen and it starts working. In case you’ve still not figured it out yet, the correct thing to say is touchscreen and not “screentouch.”

So there you have it, 10 English language “words” Nigerians love to use that are not found in the dictionary. Feel free to add yours.
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– Chinedu Rylan is a writer and editor. He tweets from @ChineduRylan.
Email: ChineduRylan@gmail.com

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by Akkord4gov: 9:18am On Feb 18, 2015
Guilty of them all.May the soul of my English teacher forgive me.No wonder I had C6 in my English and C in my GST 101 with my geniousity in English.
GENIOUSITY
ALRIGHT,FTC tinz,I dedicate this to all DISVIRGIN babes out there who aren't OPPORTUNED to keep their virginity.I also appreciate my SCREENTOUCH phone and network service.Infact the GO-SLOW I experienced during the journey to a grandpa WAKE-KEEPING was a blessing to be FTC.
Abeg I be confirm yoruba son,I will modify my grammatical errors if Oyinbo too can speak my Yoruba
To be candid,this is a sign of victory for me in this 2015

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by Nobody: 9:19am On Feb 18, 2015
WHAT ABOUT P.D.P , GEJ, OTUEKE , AGBAJE., THEY ARE NOT EVEN IN D DICTIONARY OF FOOLS



our first lady is a professor of all this

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by ericessien24: 9:29am On Feb 18, 2015
that is why we are Nigerians, we unique and the world learn from us.this English you people are forming,white guys love speaking our pidgin and are ready to learn.guy I love my naija

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by freezyprinzy(m): 9:43am On Feb 18, 2015
If nigerians no dy talk al dis 1 talk go dy boring

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by veekid(m): 9:53am On Feb 18, 2015
if dem no dey for dictionary, den we put am ourself, na by force we follow oyinbo pple dem as ah dey comment now sef na inside go slow ah dey

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by Hanibal(m): 10:04am On Feb 18, 2015
Wow...
Well English is not my mother tongue

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by Goziemartins: 10:18am On Feb 18, 2015
Bros, you too much much...oya chop knuckle!!!

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by ray2Dmond(m): 10:27am On Feb 18, 2015
the wahala of oyinbo people too much self...

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by JbravoAdodger(m): 10:29am On Feb 18, 2015
Nigerians! Manipulating english since b4 english was invented...

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by ray2Dmond(m): 10:29am On Feb 18, 2015
english no be our language
na wettin we sabi be that

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by Nobody: 10:57am On Feb 18, 2015
kudos to nigerians grin

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by Nobody: 11:04am On Feb 18, 2015
In case it hits FP, I was here,bye

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by agoadiv(m): 11:14am On Feb 18, 2015
this should be in education section...



















anyways, i think u should ask de first lady to give u de correct list next timeundecided

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by JayTeeA(f): 11:17am On Feb 18, 2015
now dat I'm opportuned to comment on first page material ur now telling me the word is not an English word angry

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by moswags: 11:32am On Feb 18, 2015
13) pepperish- this word is used by nigerians o refer to something. usually food that has a lot of pepper. however that word is wrong. the rigth word tovuse is peppery.

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by Horllamideh(m): 11:33am On Feb 18, 2015
English language has taken much from us,it high we dictate the way we'll like to speak that language.Let us introduce more naijalized english into the dictionary

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by Nuges11(m): 11:43am On Feb 18, 2015
As long as you understand what I'm trying to say, I don't care what the dictionary thinks....now lemme drop my screentouch phone before I break the screen, coz I paid for it installmentally

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by ddippset(m): 11:55am On Feb 18, 2015
true.
Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by lonelydora: 11:55am On Feb 18, 2015
My Son, forgive me for teaching you the wrong words. How do I now un-teach you these wrong words?

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by Rapzino: 11:56am On Feb 18, 2015
Ehen
Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by Gooci(m): 11:56am On Feb 18, 2015
majorly

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by Viktoh(m): 11:56am On Feb 18, 2015
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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by SuperModerator: 11:56am On Feb 18, 2015
Let me add a few;

mannerless: Say she lacks manners cos there is no word like mannerless

Convocate - convoke: Do not say convocate, say convoke. No such word as convocate

Gist (verb) - Chitchat: Gist can not take verb form so no words like gisted and gisting

Cattle rearer - herder
There is no such word as cattle rearer or rearer. herder is the right word
Eg: Ugochukwu's father is a cattle rearer(wrong)
Ugochukwu's father is a herder(right)

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by Maczeelly(m): 11:57am On Feb 18, 2015
Hmmmm
Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by johnshagb(m): 11:57am On Feb 18, 2015
What about TRIBALISTIC? I've seen it here a number of times

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by korel9: 11:57am On Feb 18, 2015
Worefa grin

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by EXLOVER(m): 11:58am On Feb 18, 2015
GG KPEKUS, NYASH, BLONBLON,BELLE, Yama yama, okrikputor, Jedi jedi. Tebe teibe

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by DaGC(m): 11:58am On Feb 18, 2015
That's why we are Nigerians grin

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by Nobody: 11:58am On Feb 18, 2015
Ok

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Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by boolet: 11:58am On Feb 18, 2015
Go-Slow is in d Dicco; West African English.
Re: 10 Words Nigerians Use That Are Not In The Dictionary by dmjinc(m): 11:58am On Feb 18, 2015
Na so grin

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