LAGOS/ABUJA (Reuters) – Ask a Nigerian what corrupt politicians do with public funds and he or she may say, “They chop it.” The Oxford English Dictionary agrees.
Hailing from the streets of Nigeria, “to chop” – meaning to illicitly make money, and “rub minds” – a synonym for “confer”, are among 29 distinctive aspects of Nigerian English to obtain pride of place in the august dictionary.
“By taking ownership of English and using it as their own medium of expression, Nigerians have made, and are continuing to make, a unique and distinctive contribution to English as a global language,” the dictionary said in notes accompanying its latest update this month.
One of the major drivers of Nigerian cultural influence abroad has been its Afropop music which now dominates swathes of home continent Africa and influenced the work of overseas artists as big as Drake.
Getting Nigerian English recognized for inclusion has not been easy, however, according to Nigerian author…
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