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Babawilly's Dictionary of Pidgin English Words and Phrases.

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Pidgin English Words starting with "H"

Haba!: Good grief!

Hail: Cheer someone.

Hala: 1. Raise ones voice 2. Scream.

Half field: When the ball remains in the weaker team's half of the field during soccer match.

Handsup: Put your hands above your head.

Hanlele: Start marching.

Harmattan: 1. Dry and dusty winds blowing Southwards from the Sahara occurring during the dry season. 2. Financial hardship.

Haus: House.

Haysobay!: 1. Wake up call to action 2. Rallying cry. Used to psyche up people who then respond by shouting Hey! Might have originated from the shouts of workers and their foremen during railway construction in Nigeria. The foreman would have shouted Chaps (or Hey) obey.

Head: On your account. Eg Why you wan dey chop credit for mai head?.

Head no correct: 1. Mad 2. Eccentric e.g Why you dress laik yua head no correct. See Craze

Hear: 1. Understand a language 2. Obey instruction. 3. Comprehend what is being said.

Hear di smell: Smell the aroma.

Hear word: Obey instruction. e.g. you no dey hear word

Heart cut: Frightened e.g. My heart juss cut.

Heavy men: Tough guy.

Helele: Exceptional.

Highway manager: Public cleaner of major roads in Lagos.

Hiss: sound emitted while sucking ones teeth. Duration is proportional to emotional state ay the time

Hold belle: Prevent hunger e.g Abeg take dis chin-chin hold belle till the yam cook.

Hold this one for hand: 1.Take 2.Take this monetary gift.

Hold-up: Traffic jam.

Home delivery: Girl sent off to meet husband for first time following arranged marriage.

Home training: Well brought up. E.g. e no get home training meaning she wasn't brought up well.

Home trouble: A personal disaster blamed on a family member using Juju to cause problems.

Hor!: See Shoo!

Hot drink: Alcoholic beverages.

House: 1. Room 2. Anywhere inside a house.

How bodi?: How are you?

How dey go dey go?: 1. How are things with you? 2. How are things going?

How e bi?: How is it?

How far? : See How bodi?

How for do?: How are we going to do it?

How I go come do?: What am I supposed to do?

How manage?: How did it happen?

How now?: See How bodi?

How pepper ?: How are you financially?

Hungri: 1. Hunger 2. Strong desire for something e.g. New moto dey hungri me. 3. Poor e.g. Look im Byah byah laik hungri man own.

Hungry man: Poor man. see slso Weather man and Suffer man.

Hyper-jack: Read too much.

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