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Side Line: Pidgin English

Yinka Ibukun

Published 21/09/2010 | 05:00

IT may share many of its words and basic grammar with English, but a perplexed look descends across the face of most newcomers to Nigeria the first time they are addressed in Pidgin.

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"How you dey?" comes the question, or "How body?" (both meaning "how are you?")

"I dey fine" is the correct response, or, if you're in a less upbeat mood, "country hard", meaning "things are tough".

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