The Changing Face and Forms of Nigerian English in a Global World
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When Food and Grammar Mix
Insufficient cross-dialectal linguistic competence (that’s my highfalutin way of describing lack of proficiency in both British and American English!) can sometimes literally put the wrong food on your table. That was the experience of a Nigerian big shot—with whom I am well acquainted—who visited Atlanta some years ago. He was hungry, so he asked me to take him to a restaurant. On getting to the restaurant, he placed an order for “rice and beans.” But when he got his plate, the only thing he recognized in it was rice.
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