10 Common Words Nigerians Use Everyday Which Don't Exist

Many people speak English as their
language. It is one of the most
spoken languages in the world.
Nigerians are very good at a number of things and one of them is inventing
their own version of English which has
become popular overtime.
Some of the words and phrase we use
cannot be found in the dictionary. Some are
words you picked up from others and
have become quite a norm. It is not
only the uneducated folks that are
guilty of using these wrong words as the very educated Nigerians also use
the Englishlanguage inappropriately.
Below are words Nigerians use that
exist in the English dictionary.
1. Go-slow: When Nigerians say go- slow, they mean 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.

2. Disvirgin: This word is used on a daily basis 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

3. Trafigate: Nigerians use the word to describe a 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
proper English.

4. Flashing: Every Nigerian knows “flashing” to 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 in

5. Installmentally: Don’t be tempted to use the word ‘installmentally’.
Though it soundscorrect, it isn’t. There
is no such word in the English
dictionary as it only exists only in the
Nigerian edition of English language.
The correct thing to say is ‘in installments’.

6. Opportuned: What exists in English dictionaries is ‘opportune,’ without ‘d’
at the
end. Opportune means ‘timely’ or
especially convenient or appropriate
for a particular action or event. Opportuned
is only
common in Nigerian English.

7. Cunny: This is a word which Nigerians use to describe someone
that is being deceitful or crafty. The
right word is cunning not cunny.

8. Next tomorrow: Most Nigerians generally use “next tomorrow” but
there is not suchword as next
tomorrow. Instead you should say, “a
day after tomorrow”.

9. Packer: Nigerians probably got the word from pack. The right word is
dustpan. Sincedustpan packs dirt,
Nigerians like to call it packer.

10. Pepperish: It is common to hear Nigerians 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.