'Spewing out buffaloes' in Ugandan English

Feb 12, 2015

'Spewing out buffaloes' in Ugandan English

A “de-toother” or a “dentist” is a gold-digger looking for a wealthy partner. “Spewing out buffaloes” means you can’t speak proper English. And a “side dish” isn’t served by a waiter. Those and other terms are part of Uganda’s often funny locally adapted English, ...

| Mar 22, 2014

A-OK as most popular U.S. term turns 175

Whatever you’re doing this Sunday, wherever you might be, take a moment to reflect on the most popular word in the English language, OK? It will be 175 years since OK — or, as some prefer, okay — first appeared in print, on page ...

Nigerian pidgin use ruffles purists' feathers

Jan 19, 2014

Nigerian pidgin use ruffles purists' feathers

The chatter is fast-paced and the laughter infectious in the studios of the Lagos radio station Wazobia FM. Programs at the station are broadcast only in pidgin — the English-based patois that is fast becoming Nigeria’s lingua franca. In a country of 170 million, ...

Jun 18, 2013

Aussie develops French accent after head injury

An Australian woman who now speaks with a French-sounding accent after a head injury eight years ago has revealed the experience has left her feeling frustrated and reclusive. Leanne Rowe, born and raised on the southern Australian island of Tasmania, was in a serious ...