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Babawilly's Dictionary of
Pidgin English Words and Phrases.
Dada: Dread locks. Also called Bob Marley.
Damn: To rudely cut short someone who is speaking . Also Idanminashon.
Dance blues: Slow dance with couple in each other's arms. Also Hold tight.
Danfo: VW Combi bus.
Dash: 1. Gift 2. Bribe.
Dat na question?: Rebuff to a silly question.
Dat one na grammar: That is not practical.
Deck: 1. Dress very well e.g Di bobo deck o, ah-ah. 2. Punch to the ground e.g Man go deck you o! 3.To sit down relaxed. E.g See e deck for chair laik na im get am.
Decks: Fine clothes. Also Deckeez. See Baffs.
Declare: 1. Pay for a round of drinks. 2. Buy new item e.g. Di guy don declare new jeep o! Also Declaration and Declare shows.
Dem: 1. Them. 2. They.
Dem-dem: A group of people with an affiliation such as students or soldiers.
Dem no born you reach: Threat or dare meaning "Don’t even think about it".
Dem no send me message: I will not get involved.
Dem send you?: Have you been sent to torment me?
Denge: Strike a fine pose.
Dey: 1. Is e.g. wetin dey happun 2. Location e.g. where you dey 3. Stance in the matter e.g. which one you dey sef. 4. In existence 5. Spectacular e.g. dat car dey well-well.
Dey go: Keep on going.
Dey laik Dele: ( Dele is a Yoruba name) 1. I am barely surviving e.g Man juss Dey laik Dele. 2. Being idle e.g You juss dey there laik Dele . Also - Standing like Standard Bank, Looking like Lucozade and Dey like you no dey.
Dey there now: 1 Keep on in self deceit 2 It is there at present.
Deshine: Public humiliation.
Die for: In love with.
Di thing wey mai eye see, mi mouth no fit talk am: Words fail me.
Dia: 1.Their 2. Dear or expensive eg Dat moto too dia.
Different eye: Individual variations on interpreting what is seen.
Different different: Assorted e.g Na different different kain fish dey inside dat soup.
Dig am out: Fight e.g We two go dig am out.
Diopka: Elderly wise one.
Direct entry: (Obsolete as A-Levels no more in place in Nigeria) Gaining admission into University after A-Level examination. JAMB examination not done in this case. See JAMB.
Dishi: Embarrass. See Deshine.
Do: Participate e.g. I no do again. 2. Afflicting one's health e.g. Wetin dey do am?
Do anyhow: Unruly.
Do betta: Show us the colour of your money. See Shake bodi.
Do quick: Hurry up!.
Do river: Well done. Joke using the word ‘river’ as opposed to ‘well’.
Do well: Well done e.g you do well.
Dodo: Fried plantain
Dodge: 1. Avoiding someone 2. Escape e.g. man juss dodge comot.
Doing laik dis: Acting this way e.g. Why are you doing laik dis now?
Don: 1. Has e.g. e don come. 2. Has it? E.g. e don come? 3. Have e.g. I don tell am (present tense) 4. Have e.g. I don been tell am (Past tense).
Don run: Has ran away.
Donatus: (Derisory) One in habit of giving their services to others for free. Derived from- donate.
Done: Cooked e.g. yua own done?
Dormot: 1 Door mat 2 Area in front of main door to house.
Dorti slap: dirty slap Hard slap across the face.
Doz bin: Garbage can.
Drain duck: Cleaners employed by Lagos state government to clean un block public gutters.
Draiv: 1. Drive 2.Chase away.
Draw: Slimy e.g Di Okra soup draw well well.
Draw bodi take: 1. Withdraw 2. Make hasty exit. 3. Avoiding getting drawn into a dicey situation.
Draw my throat: 1 Stimulate my appetite 2 Entice me.
Draw rain: Make an empty boast. Also Rake and Shakara.
Draw soup: Slimy soup usually containing Okra.
Dress: 1. Any kind of clothing. 2. Move your butt.
Drink garri: 1.In trouble e.g. you go drink garri today.2. Meal of garri and water. See Soak garri.
Drop: 1. A taxi journey e.g Oga, na fifty Naira per drop. 2. To alight from a bus. 3. Pay up 4. Monetary bribe.
Dros: Voluminous underwear.
Dry: 1 Slim person.
Dub: 1. Make extra copy of music tape 2. Copy neighbour's work during examination.
Dudu: Dark skinned person.
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