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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Definition: Joor

Word: Joor
Word origin: Yoruba word of similar meaning.

Noun: an exclamation used to plead; most commonly to be left alone.
2.used for emphasis at the end of a sentence.

Usage
1.Leave me alone joor!
2.That movie was a waste of time and money joor!
3.Joor oh!

7 comments:

  1. Ok, I use this word in my novel a lot of times but I spell it jo. Are you sure there's the extra or at the end. Surely leave me jo makes more sense than leave me joor. Also, how do you spell dey as in Wetin dey? I use de and dey interchangeably. This is a very useful blog.

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  2. I think jor is a more correct form. I however spelt it as joor to reflect its more common pronunciation here in Lagos. It is usually drawn out for emphasis.
    To answer your other question, I believe 'dey' is more correct. However, the beauty of pidgin english is that there are really no rules in grammar or spelling. Good to know the blog is helpful.
    I would love to see your book when it's out.

    jamesikuku@gmail.com

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  3. The spelling is incorrect. It should be spelled Jo but with the note that the O is O as in Ox not O as in Note.

    Linguistically, that O is a completely different O from the one you're using. Jo is a Yoruba word and grammatically correct Yoruba words do not end in R, irrespective of however various people spell those words.

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  4. Thanks for the insight. I was actually looking at it from a 'pidgin' english point of view. You could help us with a few words of your own, you know. jamesikuku@gmail.com. Thanks again.

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  5. Learning to write and speak in pigdin...these different point of views are indeed helpful! Tks

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  6. Learning to write and speak in pigdin...these different point of views are indeed helpful! Tks

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