inventing their own version of English which has become popular
dictionary. Some are words you picked up from others and they have
become quite a norm.
wrong words as the very educated Nigerians also use the English language
congested traffic, which is wrong. The meaning of go-slow in the English
dictionary is, a form of industrial action in which work or progress is
deliberately delayed or slowed down.
by many Nigerians when they intend to say a woman has lost her
virginity. There is no word like disvirgin. The correct word to use is
deflower. Disvirgin simply does not exist.
situation where a driver indicates to other drivers that he/she wants
to take a turn. It is used so often, that it has started to sound like
mean when someone calls your mobile phone and cuts off before you
answer. The word ‘flash’ is so common among Nigerians and its used at
least once daily by many. Flash has different meanings but none has
anything to do with a phone call. The word doesn’t exist in that sense
word ‘installmentally’. Though it sounds correct, it isn’t. There is no
such word in the English dictionary as it exists only in the Nigerian
edition of English language. The correct thing to say is ‘in
is ‘opportune,’ without ‘d’ at the end. Opportune means ‘timely’ or
‘well-time, especially convenient or appropriate for a particular action
or event. Opportuned is only common in Nigerian English.
“next tomorrow” but there is not such word as next tomorrow. Instead you
should say, “a day after tomorrow.”
pack. The right word is dustpan. Since dustpan packs dirt, Nigerians
like to call it packer.
describe a meal that has too much pepper in it as pepperish. The proper
word should be ‘peppery’. No native English speaker uses the word
pepperish” to describe the burning sensation we feel from eating pepper.