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WORDS LETTER P
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Nigerian

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 P.

 

 

 pa le

 

  father {pronounced: Par-leh}

 paadi

 

  friend

 paadi dem

 

  friends

 pack

 

  to carry away see where they are packing the sand from the riverbed

 pack

 

  to park; please pack your car well common error on signboards

 pack

 

  to put away, to remove, to steal; they packed it they stole it packing of water throwing out the water from a pond to catch the fish

 pack

 

  to put inside, to tie up, to confine; she has packed her hair she has tied it up in a bun or ponytail. Those trousers pack your buttocks very well

 pack {out}

 

  to pack up and leave the landlord warned him to pack out

 pack in

 

  to move in they have packed in

 packer

 

  a dust pan, shovel like utensil where dust is swept into for removal

 paco

 

  broken biscuit mixed with milk and sugar into a paste. Popularized by Adesoye Colege Students.

 paddy

 

  a friend

 padi

 

  Good Friend! Homeboy, Homegirl; Best friend, etc...

 pain

 

  to be painful This my leg pains me too much my leg is very painful it pains you, why? {common slogan on trucks}.

 palava

 

  problem

 palava

 

  problem

 palava

 

  problem or trouble

 palaver

 

  discussion, trouble, matter woman palaver; often used jocularly and in humorous versions of West African speech. {Portuguese} palabra

 pale

 

  pal or friend

 pale and male

 

  parent's {Father and Mother}

 palle

 

  daddy

 palm-wine

 

  sap tapped from the terminal bud of various palms, which ferments and is used as a drink.

 pami

 

  palm wine, which is an alcoholic drink which consists of mainly the sap from palm trees; Right when the tree is tapped, the sap is non-alcoholic, but then it is fermented and some sweeteners may be added {mainly saccharin}. Usually randes from cream-color {e.g. Mister, how much you dey sell this gallon of pami?}

 pamy

 

  palm wine

 panadol

 

  a popular pain reliever, which is a white tablet; there is also panadol extra, which is stronger.

 pancake

 

  make up

 pancake

 

  makeup

 pancake yash

 

  flat buttom, having no flesh and bony {e.g. some Oyibo have pancake yash}

 pant

 

  women's knickers; she tore her pant.

 pantalun

 

  bogus pair of trousers

 Panya

 

  Fernando Po {Espana}

 papa

 

  Father, grandfather

 par le; popsi

 

 old man ; daddy

 para

 

  to get angry

 parable

 

  proverb; from early missionaries trying to explain parables as symbolic language

 parade

 

  referred to as cult group; especially in Benin City {Edo state}.

 paraga

 

  alcohol

 parastatal

 

  a wholly or partly owned government company or corporation

 park one side

 

  steer clear

 parle

 

  Name for father

 parlour party

 

  party held in the front room of the house

 parlour/palour

 

  applied both to beer drinking places and to the sitting-room in a house. Beer palour or Let us go sit in the palour; The spelling palour is common on notices. Despite the spelling, always pronounced pala

 parol

 

  activity

 paroles

 

  movement; Man or woman one is seeing or intends to see

 parrot

 

  a talkative

 parry away

 

  to fend off; Farmers try to parry away the Fulani from their fields

 parti

 

  party

 particulars

 

  car papers Show me your particulars! a common demand by police at road-blocks.

 pass

 

  to exceed, to surpass; he get money pass that man {Pidgin}.

 pass

 

  to turn aside, to bend go straight then pass right.

 pass all

 

  best watch doctor pass all {Pidgin}

 pass away

 

  to pass the time over a period; a novel would help me pass away the weekend

 pass out

 

  faint; graduate from a military college; graduate {usually from a high school - for example, I passed out of or from Oraifite Community Secondary School last year}

 passenja

 

  the way passenger is pronounced.

 passport

 

  passport photo Bring me one passport

 pata

 

  underwear; Panties {Yoruba Word for Panties}

 patch

 

  to repair a puncture; I will go to the vulcaniser to patch it

 paw

 

  jibbrish; rubbish

 pay as you go

 

  a prostitute

 pear

 

  avocado pear; fruit of indigenous tree; Pachylobus edulis.

 peche

 

  chill out; relax

 peel out

 

  a variation of the Pidgin English phrase 'cut out' often used to refer to a hurried escape.

 pemee

 

  to die.

 people

 

  in the expression; How are your people? meaning extended family

 peper don rest

 

  money has come

 pepper

 

  chilli; Capsicum annuum {≠ European pepper}

 pepper

 

  money

 pepper

 

  naira notes

 pepper don rest

 

  there is a lot of money or I have gotten a lot of money pepper; money

 pepper no rest

 

  lack of Money

 pepper soup

 

  a very spicy soup consisting of mainly goat, cow or chicken intestine.

 pepper soup

 

  type of consomme soup made with meat or fish and containing chilli pepper but no oil

 pepper-fruit

 

  fruit; chewed as a snack Dennetia tripetala

 peprish

 

  peppery the soup is somehow peprish for 'pepperish'

 periwinkle

 

  small, black-shelled shellfish, extremely popular as food along the coast. Tympanotonus fuscatus. ≠ British periwinkle.

 Person wey cry cry still dey see road

 

  A person who is crying is still seeing

 personal person

 

  best friend

 personnel

 

  as in Standard English but used as a singular her friend was a personnel at Kingsway

 pesin

 

  person

 petty petty

 

  small, trifling, unimportant; Why do you give me such petty petty things?

 p-h

 

  short form for Port Harcourt, which is the capital of Rivers State, the southernmost state in Nigeria {e.g. We're going p-h next tomorrow}

 Phar

 

  pharmacist, abbreviation used on calling cards etc.

 pharisee

 

  someone who's acting like a fool or someone who doesn't belong to the inner circle

 phone

 

  to speak in a tone that is observes all of the phonics rules; to have a posh or foreign accent which is different from the regular Nigerian lazed accent {e.g. I try toast that babe but she con dey form phone for me like say I no go school}

 piante

 

  go away

 pick

 

  to pick up {phone} Will you not pick it?

 pick

 

  to get {usually a vehicle}; He picked a taxi to Lagos.

 pickin

 

  child

 pickin

 

  an infant or a little baby.

 piece

 

  measure of cloth.

 piece of cake

 

  share of something; they are always asking for their piece of cake ≠ Standard Eenglish 'piece of cake' for easy to do

 pikin

 

  child

 pikin

 

  this word means child

 PILOT

 

  the number plate given to cars that drive in front of a big man; ESCORT

 pin

 

  to fix {stick} in ground Pin that stick here

 ping

 

  send someone a BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) message {NOTE that PING!!! is not the same as sending someone a message}

 pire

 

  {pronounced pie-ray} a pirated CD, usually an audio CD; this is much cheaper and available than original CDs. Pire CDs are usually produced by the well known duo, Big Boss Jiggaman, and his DJ Kev-D {e.g. Jaga, make you buy that pire 50 cent CD, because you no get the kishi to buy origo}

 piss

 

  urinate

 pito

 

  local beer brewed from sorghum, millet etc. {Hausa}

 pito pito

 

  this word is used to describe something disgusting, probably semi liquid; Mud

 piyom

 

  penis

 pkoki pkoki

 

  derogatory term often used refer to sexual intercourse.

 place

 

  place of origin, either town, country or region where is your place? i.e. where do you come from?

 plant

 

  a large generator, which usually supplies electricity to a big building.

 plate-number

 

  number-plate

 play

 

  dance or masquerade; it is a play it is a masquerade or dance

 play

 

  to caress sexually, make love; They are playing love

 play

 

  to forage about {animals}; They just allow the chickens to be playing in the house anyhow

 play

 

  to play as in Standard English, but also to perform dance or masquerade; they are playing a dodo they are performing a masquerade; They are playing masquerade today

 play play

 

  lively or funny

 playground

 

  place in a village where dances, masquerades, meetings etc. are held has no association with children

 playmates

 

  two people in a joking relationship they are playmates. this implies they can abuse each other, sometimes violently, without offence being taken.; Sometimes this relationship also exist between households, clans or even tribes

 please

 

  inserted in various positions in a sentence to express deference No, please! Forgive me for refusing

 plenti plenti

 

  a lot, abundant

 plenty

 

  plenty of he get plenty children. Pidgin

 plumpy

 

  plump that woman is plumpy. {older?}

 PMB

 

  President Muhammadu Buhari {PMB}

 poach

 

  to have diarrhoea yesterday; I was poaching N.B. does not mean you have taken a medicine. {purge}

 poke nose

 

  getting into someone else's business

 pokenose

 

  interfere in matters that doesn't concern you

 police

 

  policeman; one police is there taking bribe.

 politics

 

  shorthand for the introduction of democratic elections in 1999 since there was politics we no longer pay tax on fish-ponds

 pomade

 

  oily paste rubbed on the hair and body. can be extended to almost any sort of cream rubbed on the body

 pomo

 

  aow skin, this is usually prominent form of meat for poor people

 pomp

 

  running tap / Faucet

 pomshele

 

  fine girl or chick

 popsi

 

  father; also see fada or papa

 popsman

 

  father

 porridge

 

  cooked staple with sauce mixed in Southern

 porridge

 

  heavy dumpling-like porridge of cereals such as sorghum, millet etc. served as a staple Northern

 porti

 

  food not well cooked or mixing food ingredients the wrong way.

 poshey

 

  hissing... To hiss

 possible best

 

  best; I have tried my possible best.

 potash

 

  yellowish-grey stone from the North Ground for use in cooking and with snuff. A mixture of sodium and potassium carbonate.

 potassium

 

  blue mineral taken as medicine

 poto-poto

 

  mud, dirty water, muddy or murky sanded water

 poultry

 

  poultry farm; The committee inspected 15 poultries on campus.

 pound

 

  to pound a staple into porrid not usually found in other senses

 poundi

 

  pounded yam

 pour eye

 

  to check out a place or something

 pra

 

  leave quickly, escape

 prack

 

  to have sexual intercourse

 praise-singer

 

  musician or singer who sings praises to eminent people in the North {West Africa English}

 prawn

 

  prawn, but also shrimp and other smaller crustaceans such as sqills and ghost shrimps

 pregnate

 

  to make pregnant; she has been pregnated. He has pregnanted her; Also pregnant {stress on second syllable}

 presido

 

  President or chairman of a group

 press

 

  to fondle

 press

 

  to iron; He is pressing clothes ≠ dry-cleaning as in Standard English

 price

 

  to find out the price of Please price tomatoes for me!

 prick

 

  the privat part of a male; penis

 private part

 

  genitals.

 prizin

 

  Prison; Jail; House Arest; lock up with criminals

 properties

 

  property Collect your properties

 prostitute

 

  to behave as a prostitute Becky began prostituting at age nineteen. {Information booklet}

 protector

 

  metal grille placed over door or window as burglar-proofing

 provincial

 

  small-minded, dull he is a provincial man

 provision

 

  this is a term used to describe food, usually junk food like cookies, soda, instant noodles given to kids in boarding school to supplement the food provided by the school {e.g My mom go buy enough provisions for me this week! Indomie go dey, Digestive go dey, cornflakes go dey. Life go correct!}

 pudding

 

  prepared food wrapped in leaves

 puff puff

 

  popular bread-like snack made from dough; It is usually little round balls.

 puff-puff

 

  round fried cakes made from flour and sugar also poff-poff puggy

 puna

 

  a woman's vigina

 pupsi

 

  daddy

 pure

 

  don't feel right

 pure watar

 

  locally sold packets of drinking water; also used to ask for a tip

 pure water

 

  cheap {of goods}

 pure water

 

  cheap/mass produced goods

 pure water

 

  water {from any source} sealed inside plastic bags and sold cold from the fridge in the street Viable small businesses... are mostly in such trades as hair dressing and barbing salons, tailoring shops as well as "pure water" packaging businesses.

 purge

 

  Diarrhea

 purge

 

  to have diarrhoea yesterday; I was purging N.B. does not mean you have taken a medicine. { poach}

 pushful

 

  pushy, ambitious, go-ahead

 put head

 

  go ahead

 put on

 

  as in Standard English, but also 'to wear' He is putting on shoes He is wearing shoes

 put to bed

 

  give birth/have a baby {to solve a problem or to finish work on something and go to the next step?} {e.g. after we fought, he cooked for me so we put it to bed}

 put to bed

 

  to give birth {to}; She put to bed a bouncing baby boy

 put to birth

 

  to give birth



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