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Babawilly's Dictionary of Pidgin English Words and Phrases.

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Pidgin English Words starting with "R"

Ra-re: Trendy guy.

Rain beat you: Drenched in the rain.

Rain coat: See Ponmo

Raise hand: Salute e.g. I raise hand for you o!

Rake: Empty boasting.

Ranka dede: Hausa greeting.

R.R.S: Rapid Response Squad. ( An arm of the police Force).

Reach: 1. Arrive e.g. Which day you reach? 2. Afford e.g. Na dat one my hand (pocket) reach.

Reach ground: Completely.

Reach mai place: Pay me a visit. e.g. you come town no even reach mai place.

Ready made: Off the peg (rack) and ready to wear.

Reign: In vogue e.g Na dat trousa dey reign now o.

Reign pass: Out of fashion.

Remain small: 1. Nearly 2. Almost.

Remember me: Remind me.

Remember the day yua mama born you: Threat e.g. I go beat you sotey you go remember the day yua mama born you. Means the beating will cause you to relive your birth.

Remi:(Derived from Remnant). Left overs. Also Chop remain.

Return match: Returning faulty electrical goods to point of purchase especially at Alaba International market.

Rhyme: Go well together e.g Dat yua trousa no rhyme di shirt.

Richard Lander: One who uncannily times his visits to your house to coincide with meal times.

Rimuv: Remove.

Rockeez: Party.

Rofo rofo: Rough.

Room and parlour: One room apartment rented out to families with shared toilet facilities. The room is usually divided with a curtain into the sleeping area (room) and the sitting area (Parlour). Mats are placed under the bed to be fished out at night for the kids to sleep.

Rush: 1. Struggling for a place on a bus e.g. Na when I dey rush for Molue na im pick pocket teif mai money. 2. Flow. e.g. The pump dey rush well well.

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