Boda Boda Boda boda, 10 other words added in English Dictionary

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Kenyans went wild on social media after hearing the news.

play Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s wife Judy on a bicycle boda boda in Busia Town. (Reuben Olita)

Kenyans went wild on social media after receiving news that the boda boda word has been included in the latest edition of the Oxford English dictionary.

The word boda boda originated from Busia County in Western Kenya where bicycle riders would ferry people from outlying areas in the county to the market in Busia town.


In Kenya, the boda boda business has employed thousands and given many a steady source of income while at the same time providing a cheaper alternative of transport means for the common mwananchi.

By making its way into the Oxford English Dictionary, boda boda has joined a list of unexpected words added into vocabulary book as a result of fast-moving trends in technology and culture across the globe.

play A boda boda cyclist with a passenger. (Flickr)


Below is a list of 10 other unexpected words added into the dictionary:

1. Twerk

play Twerking (


v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.

‘just wait till they catch their daughters twerking to this song’‘twerk it girl, work it girl’

2. Selfie

play Artist Pharell Williams takes a selfie with former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Huffington Post)


A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.

‘occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn't necessary’

3. Tweeps

play Tweeps (Andy Jenkins)


A person's followers on the social media application Twitter.

‘he told his tweeps he was going to a Bruce Springsteen concert’‘millions of tweeps follow their every tweet’

4. Gaydar

play (Queerty)

A homosexual person's ability to identify another person as homosexual by interpreting subtle signals conveyed by their appearance, interests, etc.

‘I can't hear a word he's saying because every time he comes on screen my gaydar goes off.’

5. Grrrl

play GRRRL PRTY in The Current's studios. (Nate Ryan)

A young woman regarded as indpendent and strong or aggressive, especially in her attitude to men in her sexuality.

‘I'm opinionated, outspoken, abstract, a riot grrl, and usually very forward when it comes to dating.’

6. Threequel

play (Popculturology)

The third film, book, event etc. in a series; a second sequel.

‘In 1977, the opening crawl of Star Wars - announcing the film as ‘Episode IV: A New Hope ‘- stoked an endless stream of sequels, threequels and prequels.’

7. Screenager

play Screenager (Shutterstock)

A person in their teens or twenties who has an aptitude for computers and the Internet.

‘It's about how screenagers see the world through communications technology, and all that kind of thing.’

8. Awesomesauce

play Jessica Ennis is the definition of awesomesauce. (PA)

Extremely good; excellent.

‘the ladies' awesomesauce weekend in Vegas ended prematurely’

9. Ego-surfing

play Ego-surfing (Max Manroe)

Search the Internet for instances of one's own name or links to one's own website.

‘I decided to take a break and do a little egosurfing’

10. Meatspace

play (Cracked)

The physical world, as opposed to cyberspace or a virtual environment.

‘I'd like to know a little more before we talk about a get-together in meatspace’

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