Ten Most Popular Slangs Of 2019

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Florence Uwaeme

Every year in Nigeria, new slangs are used on the streets of the Nigerian social media space. These slangs, most times are either words coined from our local parlance or they are English words with little twists and spice here and there.

Whatever the case may be, these slangs help make social interactions fun and somehow witty in their own special ways.

Here are ten of the most popular slangs of 2019.

1. Turnioniown

Turnioniown is the contraction of four words “turning on its own” which are pronounced together as one word. We first heard of it from a man that was rather amazed at a car circling around even without a driver. When a reporter asked him what happened, his hilarious response was “that the car was turnioniown”. It is mostly used to describe things you have no control over. For example, since Buhari became president, the Nigerian economy has been turnioniown.

It is mostly used to describe things you have no control over. For example, since Buhari became president, the Nigerian economy has been turnioniown.

2. This One Weak Me

“This one weak me” is used when you are short of words to describe someone’s action or comment. For instance, when you see a meme or video that is unexplainable, the best response to give is “this one weak me”.

3. Kuku Kill Me

Kuku kill me simply means ‘kill me quickly’, mostly used when someone says or does something extremely funny. It could also be a reaction to someone’s extremely cute picture on social media.

4. I’m In My House, Come and Beat Me

This one is more of a rhetorical request laced in sarcasm. Mostly used after saying something that is considered as either sacred or insulting. Most times, it is used just for the fun of looking for trouble, because in the real sense, nobody is coming to your house to beat you.

5. Na Dem

This is one of the most hilarious catch phrases of 2019. It revolves around deceit, lies and fraud. Did you know that it actually is the short form for “Nigerian Association of Deceiver Empowerment Manipulators”? Now you know! Its usage cuts across all walks of life. In politics for example: when a politician promises to provide the electorates with 24 hour power supply during campaigns, Na dem.

Its usage cuts across all walks of life. In politics for example: when a politician promises to provide the electorates with 24 hour power supply during campaigns, Na dem.

6. Mad oo

You can’t ever go wrong with this slang. Simply put, it is used when one is amazed or is completely in lack of words for expression of either shock or surprises.

7. Audio Money

Audio money is derived from a song by one of the PSquare duo. When someone talks about something they don’t have as if they have it, or shows off with things they don’t own. The person is said to be living on audio money.

8. I Can’t Kill Myself

Being a Nigerian is enough reason for this slang. When all you try doing isn’t adding up, you can just go get yourself one bottle of your favourite drink and while the song plays on the background. Gotten from a song by Popular Nigerian musician, Timaya, this slang is one of the most popular slangs of the year.

When all you have in your bank account is one thousand naira, and you withdraw it to buy your favourite ice cream; this is a practical example of “I can’t kill myself”.

Gotten from a song by Popular Nigerian musician, Timaya, this slang is one of the most popular slangs of the year.

When all you have in your bank account is one thousand naira, and you withdraw it to buy your favourite ice cream; this is a practical example of “I can’t kill myself”.

9. Gbas Gbos

Curated from the streets of Nigerian Twitter, this slang is used most times as a reaction to a savage response.

10. Deep

When someone makes a very touching and long comment/post, most times, the best reply to this type of write-up is a simple “deep”. When someone releases new knowledge that ordinarily wasn’t visible before, the best response most times is a deep “deep”.

When someone releases new knowledge that ordinarily wasn’t visible before, the best response most times is a deep “deep”.