The Changing Face and Forms of Nigerian English in a Global World
15 Top Cutest and Strangest Nigerian English Idioms
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Top Cutest and Strangest Nigerian English Idioms
The word “idiom” has a multiplicity of significations, but I use it in this book to denote an expression whose meaning cannot be guessed from the meanings of the individual lexical units that constitute it. That’s the way the term is understood and used among professional grammarians. So, for instance, we can’t predict the meaning of the idiom “pull someone’s leg” (which means to tease someone) from looking at the individual dictionary meanings of the words “pull” and “leg.” As this example shows, idioms are usually figurative—and are often colloquial metaphors that are widely understood within local cultures, but that may be completely meaningless outside these cultures.
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