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10 Common Words Nigerians Use Everyday That Don’t Actually Exist

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Many people speak English as their first language. It is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world.

Some of the words and phrase we Nigerians use often cannot be found in the dictionary. Some are words you picked up from others and they 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 English language inappropriately.

Below are words Nigerians use that doesn’t exist in the English dictionary.

1. Go-slow

gosl

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

fuq

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 exist.

3. Trafigate

get

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.

 

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