No, Petrol Isn’t Otherwise Known as “Premium Motor Spirit”

By Farooq A. Kperogi Although I have written at least two articles on the misconception in Nigerian journalistic circles that “premium motor spirit” is the proper name for petrol, scores of people keep writing to ask me to comment on the habitual practice in Nigerian news writing to identify petrol by the phrase “premium motor spirit otherwise known as petrol.” […]

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Tribute to my Father Who Died on December 31

By Farooq A. Kperogi Last year ended on a tragically sour note for me. As many of my Facebook friends and followers already know, my father, Mallam Adamu Kperogi, died on December 31, 2016 at 7:15 p.m. Nigerian time after a brief illness. Although we have no record of the actual date of his birth, we guestimate that he was […]

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Top 10 Words That Trended in Nigerian English in 2016

By Farooq A. Kperogi There is no doubt that Nigerian English is the world’s fastest-growing and most vibrant non-native English variety. This is isn’t just because of the remarkable numerical strength of the people who speak it or the fact that Nigeria’s thriving movie industry is relentlessly internationalizing it but also because of its admirable lexical fertility and expressive exuberance. […]

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A Hopeless Budget and Capture of Sambisa Forest

By Farooq A. Kperogi Outgoing American Vice President Joe Biden once said, “Don’t tell me what you value; show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.” What would you say the Buhari government values based on its 2017 budget? Narcissistic self-absorption, profligacy, and corruption are some of the things that jumped out at me. It’s now clear […]

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Tragicomedy of a Corrupt “Anti-Corruption” Government by Farooq A. Kperogi

This column has lately become more passionate about goings-on in Nigeria’s political and economic spheres than is usual. I can’t help it. The country is perilously adrift. Hopes are sinking. And time is running out. I simply can’t afford the luxury of indifference and blithe unconcern. In spite of the awful performance of the Buhari government on the economic front […]

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My Word of the Year? Dalung’s “Spended.” Here’s Why

By Farooq A. Kperogi It is traditional for dictionaries and grammar mavens to choose their words of the year at the close of the year. Mine is “spended.” It is the nonstandard past tense of “spend,” which is popular with non-native English speakers particularly in Asia. But it was popularized in Nigeria by Minister of Youths and Sports Solomon Dalung. […]

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12 Conditions for “Praising” Buhari by Farooq A. Kperogi

 12 Conditions for “Praising” Buhari/Buhari apologists say I have never praised Buhari since he came to power. Well, that’s not my job. I am a scholar. But I have defended Buhari many times in the past when I thought he was unfairly attacked. For instance, in 2012 when pundits—and Jonathan’s media team—tore him to shreds for saying “kare jini, biri […]

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Q and A on American English, Nigerian English, and Kenyan English by Farooq A. Kperogi

Question: When I watch American soaps, they seem to care less about tenses. Or maybe it’s something beyond me, I don’t know. For instance, a typical dialogue goes like this: “Daughter: ‘dad, do you snore ‘cause I do. Dad: ‘yeah you GET that from me’.” Should not the “get” be GOT? Could you clarify this for me please? Answer: Well, […]

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Q and A on American English, Nigerian English, and Kenyan English

Question: When I watch American soaps, they seem to care less about tenses. Or maybe it’s something beyond me, I don’t know. For instance, a typical dialogue goes like this: “Daughter: ‘dad, do you snore ‘cause I do. Dad: ‘yeah you GET that from me’.” Should not the “get” be GOT? Could you clarify this for me please? Answer: Well, […]

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Dangerous Fine Print in Emir Sanusi’s Prescriptions for Buhari by Farooq A. Kperogi

Emir Muhammad Sanusi II’s well-publicized December 2, 2016 public lecture on the Nigerian economy has divided Nigerians into two broad camps. In one camp you have the unreasoning, knee-jerk Buhari apologists who can’t brook the slightest criticism of their idol. This camp lashed out—and are still lashing out— at the emir for saying what all sensible people who are unencumbered […]

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“Titled” or “Entitled,” “On a Platter of Gold,” “Wide off the Mark”: Grammar Q and A by Farooq A. Kperogi

Question: Kindly expound on your consistent use of “title” as a verb (e.g. “my book is titled…”). Answer: Apparently, many Nigerian English grammarians think “titled” can’t be used as verb to mean “give title to a book”; they think only “entitle” can “correctly” give expression to that meaning. I don’t know the source of that misconception. A Nigerian English professor […]

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Reverse Robin Hoodism as Buhari’s Governing Philosophy by Farooq A. Kperogi

To understand “reverse Robin Hoodism,” you first have to understand Robin Hoodism. Robin Hoodism is the willfully subversive practice of stealing from the rich to help the poor. It is derived from a daring 12th-century (fictional) English character by the name of Robin Hood who often got into trouble with the law because he always stole from the rich to […]

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“Flag off,” “Going Rogue,” “General Secretary”: Q and A On English Usage and Expressions by Farooq A. Kperogi

Question: I want find out if the phrasal verb “flag off” exists in all varieties of English, as in, “flag off campaign on immunization program.” Or is it just Nigerian English? Answer: The use of “flag off” to mean officially open a ceremonial event is probably old-fashioned British English because it appears only in the varieties of English spoken by […]

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List of articles by this author. See other tabs for other types of contribution _UE_ARTICLEDATE _UE_ARTICLETITLE _UE_ARTICLERATING 01/07/2017 17:00:00 No, Petrol Isn’t Otherwise Known as “Premium Motor Spirit”  / 0 01/06/2017 17:00:00 Tribute to my Father Who Died on December 31  / 0 12/31/2016 17:00:00 Top 10 Words That Trended in Nigerian English in 2016  / 0 12/30/2016 17:16:00 A Hopeless Budget and […]

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