3 Nigerian English Words That Sound Weird in UK

Published on: August 14, 2021 (Updated on: April 22, 2024)

Nigerian English words that sound weird in UK

Let's talk about Nigerian English words that sound weird in UK.

The United Kingdom is a popular destination for Nigerians, be it for holiday, business, or study. The official language in the UK is English and the official language in Nigeria is English as well. However, if you are visiting the UK for the first time, you would be surprised that native English speakers might get confused if you use certain English words commonly used in Nigeria.

Below are 3 common Nigerian English words that you might want to avoid using in the UK:

3. Eraser

In UK classrooms, eraser is commonly called rubber. So when you need to erase something you have written, you might want to avoid asking for eraser. Ask for rubber instead to save yourself unnecessary repetitions and description.

2. Biro

Many people don't seem to be aware that Biro is actually a brand name. However, over time, it has managed to find its way into dictionaries. While many Nigerians would understand that you are referring to a pen when you mention Biro, same is seldom true in the UK. So it's better for you to say pen when you are in the UK and you need to borrow a biro (or rather pen).

1. Nylon

Number one on the list of Nigerian English words you should avoid using in the UK is nylon. In Nigeria, nylon usually refers to a plastic bag. However, in the UK, people usually say plastic bag rather than nylon. So if you go to the store and need a bag for something you bought in UK, simply ask for plastic bag otherwise you might end up carrying your items in your bare hands.


Michael Akerele