The 9th edition of the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, launched since 2015, has been hailed by Ugandans on social media in 2017 for one word – boda boda.
The local word used widely in East Africa represents the popular motorcycle taxis used in almost every part of Uganda.
The dictionary defines boda boda – which is one of the 900 newly introduced words – as “a type of motorcycle or bicycle with a space for a passenger or for carrying goods, often used as a taxi”.
It further added a local example: “boys on boda bodas riding on Kampala’s streets”.
These appealed to Ugandans who tweeted the portion in the printed edition that showed the word and its definition.
Below are some sentiments shared online over the inclusion of the word boda boda in the dictionary.
Uganda Changing the English language! Boda boda now in the 9th edition of the Oxford Dictionary 🙌 pic.twitter.com/UAfuclXQtj— Ian Aziz Bey (@Iantallsmile) May 25, 2017
The word boda boda makes it into the Oxford Dictionary & Kampala was used in the example.— Alex Muhangi (@AlexMuhangi) May 25, 2017
We commend the NRM govt for this steady progress. pic.twitter.com/BJtmpPZ3Ro
Now Boda Boda riders can be respected. The word Boda Boda is now in the Oxford Dictionary. pic.twitter.com/X69BnGU25E— Frank Wanga™🐦 (@Frank_Wanga) May 25, 2017
The word “Boda Boda” made it in the 9th Edition of the Oxford Advanced learners dictionary pic.twitter.com/pn7mwvYCOu— Crazy Kid (@iam_gero_) May 24, 2017
Now that the words ‘‘Boda Boda’‘ made it to the 9th edition of Oxford English dictionary. Are sugar prices in Uganda reducing? #UgandaYaani— Arthur Musinguzi (@arthurtotally) May 25, 2017
Boda Boda makes it to the 9th edition of Oxford English dictionary and Ugandans think they’ve made it in life. pic.twitter.com/nJft4tFZ3d— I’mVision2031 (@AmanyaMugisha) May 25, 2017
& WSR or KE transport CS in those GoK delivers clips might just list Boda Boda making it to Oxford Dictionary as one of their achievements 😂— Muganda Clay (@mqhlay) May 25, 2017
HUMPHREY TUSHABE (@humtushabe) May 26, 2017
Now that Boda Boda finds home in the 9th edition of Oxford English dictionary, nduthi should do the same in Kamusi.— Jackson Arunga (@JacksonArunga) May 25, 2017
The word boda boda is now in Oxford English dictionary I think next should be kibindre, tibiim, Nasa, Jubilee, Tialala, Jakom— Khedira+254 (@khedirakhedira) May 25, 2017