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Scirj Volume III, Issue II, February 2015 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

Use of New Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions among the Agbèrò: The Lagos Bus Conductors

Dayo Akànmú

Abstract: In Yorùbá studies, outside the borders of what is called “standard language”, spoken and written by the educated classes, there are other forms of expression in existence about us; for instance, there are special jargons of various trades, sports and occupations; there are also the rich vocabularies of ribaldry, of imprecation of slang and of new idioms which is the subject matter of this paper, all full of vitality and interest. New idioms consist of words, expressions and meanings that are informal and used by people who have the same interest. As a matter of fact, they straddle idioms, metaphors and euphemism and also serve as replication of the established Yoruba idioms both in form and meaning. Also in this paper, new idiom and idiomatic expressions is seen as a sociolect which shows that it is used primarily for in-group communication by the Lagos bus conductors popularly called Agbèrò. Agbèrò as used in this paper refers to the bus conductors and the NURTW Task Force members who collect union levies at the various motor parks and bus stops in Lagos State.

Reference this Paper: Use of New Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions among the Agbèrò: The Lagos Bus Conductors by Dayo Akànmú published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume III, Issue II, February 2015 Edition, Page 1-5 ".

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