Nigeria’s twist on English worries some

In Nigeria, people felicitate the successful, police open cans of worms on cutlass-brandishing miscreants, and the criminal rascals meet their Waterloo. Touts, urchins and heaps of calumny: Nigerian English melds Victorian-era vocabulary inherited from long-gone British colonialists with the grammatical structures and syntax that underpin indigenous languages in Africa’s most populous nation. Los Angeles Times, March 23, 2008. Read more…

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