02 March 2020

Nigerian words added to the OED

"Come to an all-night prayer vigil to welcome the ember months," read a text from my mother.
It was an August ritual she had reminded me about severally.
"I have something to do next tomorrow," I texted back from the barbing salon.
"You sef," came her instant reply, half-irritated, half-rebuking.
"The Oxford lexicographers have updated the dictionary with 29 Nigerian words, recognising the "unique and distinctive contribution to English as a global language" of Africa's most populous country...

The OED's move has divided opinion in the former British colony of 200 million people, who between them speak more than 250 languages..."

Details about the controversy at the BBC.

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