Slang words are often, by nature, transitory and limited to particular age groups, subcultures and eras. But a few slang words do endure and make the transition from marginality to respectable mainstream usage.
There are many words in mainstream Nigerian English that also started as university student slang words but are now in general use in Nigeria.
In fact, many people don’t recognize these words and their meanings as nonstandard. Slang terms are difficult to trace because they are usually first primarily spoken for a long time before they are written.
Nigerian students however always make use of different kinds of slangs when having a conversation with their mates or friends whether on campus or at home. They usually flow in local, pidgin English and English languages.
Some of these popular slangs include:
1. Tush: A refined person
2. Cast – E.g “Folake pregnancy don cast”: It basically means the subject matter is now available everyone and no longer a secret
3. Coded: To keep a low profile/keeping a secret
4. Low key: Similar to ‘Coded’ but ‘Low Key’ isn’t necessarily a secret. To keep something low key means to not announce it; not elaborate; to have a quiet gathering; not much emphasis.
5. Soakings: Garri
6. Parole/Package – E.g “Howfar with Chioma Parole na”: It means an ongoing situation.
7. Chop Cockroach – E.g “You hear say Anita don chop cockroach?”: This means a girl is pregnant.
8. Popsy: An informal word for father.
9. Momsy: This is the feminine version of “popsy,” which is an informal word for mother.
10. Baddo: Made popular by singer Olamide, Baddo is just another word for ‘Bad Guy’. It’s used to describe how good a person is at a particular thing.
11. Swag: This is used to represent someone’s style. How you walk, talk, dress. Put together, you have SWAG.
12. Aristo: Married men that like young girls
13. Runs: It generally tends to be used to denote illegal or immoral activities.
14. Dope: Dope is another word for Drugs, but it’s popularly used to describe how good something is.
15. Straff: Sex
16. Fall Hand – E.g “No go fall my hand o”: This simply means not to disappoint.
17. Chao: Eat
18. G Boy: This is the word used in place of ‘Yahoo Yahoo boys’
19. Church Member: This is a word commonly used by frat boys/Cultist. E.g “Tunde na my church member”
20. Kush: Weed/Marijuana
21. Sugar Mummy: An older woman in relationship with younger guys in exchange for money.
22. I Go Change Am For You: This usually heard when the speaker is giving out words of warning. This is the speaker’s way of asking someone to be careful and not get him or her angry.
23. Baff Up: This is when someone is nicely dressed in expensive designer wears.
24. Burst My Head/Brain: E.g “That Olamide new song burst my brain”: When this is said, this means the speaker is impressed
25. Crash: Sleep
26. Jones – E.g “Tunde, you don jones”: This means talking about someone or a group of people not being smart in a particular situation. This also means the speaker is talking about someone not seizing the opportunity where he or she ought to.
27. Jack: To read. This is most popular among Nigerian students.
28. Pepper Don Read: When this phrase is being used when talking about a person, it means the person’s luck has changed and the person is richer.
28. All Join: This is a collective item or group of things. It means everything is included.
29. G4: Another word for Garri
30. Jew: Non Cultist
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