Funny English Nigerians Invented

Funny English Nigerians Invented

Nigeria is just a funny Country with people who play too much and joke about every situation.  We have a dictionary of our own that has all the funny English we invented and boldly speak in public, everyone is actually allowed to speak their own English; I mean, what’s freedom of speech if we cant

Nigeria is just a funny Country with people who play too much and joke about every situation.  We have a dictionary of our own that has all the funny English we invented and boldly speak in public, everyone is actually allowed to speak their own English; I mean, what’s freedom of speech if we cant say our mind with the funny English we know to speak.

These words are nowhere in the English dictionary but we simply don’t care, because to the average Nigerian; who English help?

  1. Of Recent

Say nothing! Just raise your hand if you are guilty of this one. Just wondering how “Recently or Of Late” changed to “Of Recent”, well; that’s what you will find in our Dictionary.

  1. Plus Including

Who uses plus and including at the same time biko? Nigerians! Nobody is asking you not to speak your English in peace, all we are saying is; just pick one.

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  1. Trafigate

This is the most common word you wear on the road in Nigeria, how we came about “Trafigating” is what I don’t just know. Just so you know, there’s no such word as Trafigate in the English dictionary, only in our Nigerian dictionary though.

  1. Pepperish

A lot of people still don’t know that this word is sadly incorrectly, the way Nigerians open their full mouth to say the word just makes it even funnier. Its actually “Peppery” brothers and sisters!

Funny English

  1. Go- Slow

Well, let’s just accept that traffic caused this English, when you will be on the road and at the same spot for over 30 minutes, please wont you call it “go-slow”? The annoyance that traffic brings is just enough to invent a word please! But you should know that go-slow is not the same as traffic, for those who care about making a correction.

  1. Come And Go

Okay…I never knew a person can come and be going at the same time, hilarious how Nigerians come up with these words. We all use it well enough because it serves a lot of situations right, but you either come or you go in real English.

  1. Disvirgin

People will argue with you if you tell them this word is incorrect, because in their heads, what is now correct? But the word is actually “deflower” sir, thank you.

Funny English

  1. Cunny

Our tortoise stories growing up, seriously made the word “cunny” stick like it’s definitely correct, it’s heart breaking to find out that its actually “cunning”.

  1. Baff

Generally used all over Nigeria, from our homes to our schools; “Baff” is a word you will definitely have a hard time explaining to Nigerians that its is actually “Bathe”. But what can we do? It is not your “baff” so let them continue.

Funny English

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  1. Next Tomorrow

There is only one tomorrow my fellow Nigerians, where did we get the “next” from? It’s totally good to have hope but this next tomorrow thing will not work. For correction purposes though, it is “the day after tomorrow”.

A lot of us have been using these words without even knowing they are incorrect, to think that some of them don’t even appear in the English dictionary, but we are allowed to speak any English we like, as long as it is “our English”.

Feel free to let us know what you think about these words in the comment section below.

Cheers!

 

Chioma Gabriel
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