Our Big Brother Naija Housemates have been living in the House for six weeks now, and they've coined a few phrases along the way. We thought we'd document these sayings because – well, they're funny. Also, we added a few of our own, because we couldn't resist.
cross /kɹɒs/ adj.
The feeling of irritation you get when you get the sense that Saskay is stringing you along.
“Cross was feeling cross that Saskay spent her time with Jaypaul.”
cruise /kɹuːz/ n.
- The kind of journey you want from a ship but so seldom get.
- Hassle-free, no-strings-attached “acts of affection”. The nasty. Bumping uglies. Under-the-covers trouble. Casual sex, basically.
“That Michael isn’t into marriage, he just wants to catch cruise.”
e-choke /ɛ t͡ʃəʊk/ adj.
plenty, lots, much
“Cross said that, ‘Jackie B had won so many Tasks, her Abeg Naira right now – e choke!’”
Saga-like /’sʌɡʌ laɪ̯k/ adj.
- Fighting for what you want, sticking to your guns, not taking “no” for an answer
- Following somebody around like a lost puppy
“Sammie shouldn’t give up on catching cruise with Angel just because she told him to get lost. He should be more Saga-like.”
shine ya eye /ʃaɪn jə aɪ/
Be alert, stay woke, don’t get caught unawares
“If you want to win N90 million, you need to shine ya eye!”
ship /ʃɪp/ n.
- relationship, a partnership
- something about to catch cruise (see above)
“Liquorose and Emmanuel have been spending so much time together; I think they are a ship.”
military /ˈmɪl.ɪ.tɹi/ adj.
authoritarian, bossy, domineering, militant
“Nini is so domineering during Truth or Dare games – she’s almost as military as Pere,”
okra /’ɒkrɒ/ adj.
“Boma thinks he’s so good with girls, he’s like okro.”
period /ˈpɪɚ.i.əd/ adj.
done and dusted, finished, over
“Angel said, ‘I am never speaking to you again, period!’”
Who dey breet? /huː deɪ bɹiːt/
Who’s challenging, who’s showing off?
“Whitemoney is so into the Big Brother Game, he can’t stop wondering who dey breet?”
We know there will be more, in time, so we'll have a second edition out in no time, we're sure!
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