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Babawilly's Dictionary of Pidgin English Words and Phrases.

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Pidgin English Words starting with "K"

K-leg: 1. Knock-knees 2. Unexpected Complications in a situation 3. Unexpected problems e.g. K-leg don enta di matter.

Kabu-kabu: See carbu-carbu.

Kack: Dress well. See Sput, Spoot, Baffs and Give dem finis.

Kai-kai: Home made gin. See Apketeshi.

Kain: Kind of.

Keke Marwa: Yoruba for ‘Bicycle of Marwa‘. Name given to 3 wheeled vehicle used as Taxi in Lagos. They appeared during the tenure of Gorvenor Marwa.

Kakaraka: Strong and stiff. E.g. the stork fish bodi strong Kakaraka laik say dem never cook am.

Kalakuta: House of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti, which was burnt down by soldiers.

Kalo-kalo: 1. One armed bandit. 2. Amusement arcade game machines.

Kampala: 1. Kind of African print fabric thought to have originated in the city of the same name the capital of Uganda. Also called Ankara. 2. Jail house.

Kampke: 1.Complete 2. Completely at ease.

Kanda: 1. Peelings 2. Hide 3. Skin.

Kari: Carry.

Kashi: Gambling especially with cards.

Kata-kata: Commotion.

Kaun: Potash.

Keep Lagos clean: Large bell bottomed trousers that drags on the floor. See Labu

Kekere: Small; Yoruba word.

Khaki bois: The army.

Khaki no bi leather: Phrase meaning 1. Things are getting very tough. 2. Threat to someone telling him that - More trouble than bargained for is on the way.

Kia-kia bus: Quick-quick buses; Yoruba word. Danfo buses known for always being in a hurry.

Kick moto: Turn car engine on.

Ki lo de: What is wrong? Yoruba phrase.

Ki lon' haps : Whazuuppp??

Kill and divide: Make a killing and divide the spoils. Usually refers to corruption among public officers.

Know book : 1. Literate 2. Intelligent. also see Sabi book.

Kobo: Nigerian coin. 100 kobo= 1 Naira.

Kobo-leg: Bow leg.

Ko ko e se: Trouser that barely reaches ankle. Also Jump up pee.

Kol: Call.

Kondishon: Condition.

Korodoome: Large vessel for storing water.

Koro-koro: 1. Very clear vision e.g. na for mai two eye korokoro I see am hapun 2. Clear daylight e.g na daytime Korokoro.

Kudi: Money.

Kuk: 1. Cook. 2. To be given protective charms by witch doctor e.g Babalawo don kuk am well well.

Kuku: Word placed in sentence for emphasis e.g. I no Kuku sabi am, meaning I really don't know him. Also Kukuma.

Kulikuli: Small fried balls of peanut paste.

Kunu: Refreshing Nigerian drink made from Sorghum or Millet. Drunk in Northern Nigeria.

Kwik: Quick

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