Continuing with the joys of working in an office environment, have you noticed at times you switch in dialects and language when you just want to make a point? For instance , a colleague of mine has just got back to work from being ill. So I asked how she was and on her answer, I responded with “Puele, o… Maa fara le!” (“Take it easy”) I then realised she had no idea what I was talking about, but I guess she got the gist that I was sympathising with her.
I’ve made a list of common Yoruba and pidgin words that I’ve thrown about in work which the English Language just doesn’t do justice in it’s delivery. So, here are my favourite keywords that make there way in work:
“Oya, oya, oya o!!!” (“Come on, come on!!”)
“Wetin you wan?”
“Ogbeni, Faara buruku baale!” (“Dude, calm down!”)
“Ah-ah?!?!?” (A favourite expression by Nigerians the globe all over)
I’m sure I use more, but can’t remember. How about you guys?
It’s the start of the Autumn music season and in the past couple of day’s, I’ve covered Regina Spektor (not my kind of music, to be honest!) and Brian Wilson (A living music legend! Beach Boys, anyone?) Tomorrow might be The Go! Team, but that’s left to be seen…
On a sadder note, Jazz legend Joe Zawinul died earlier today due to skin cancer. He was 75. For those of you who have no idea who he was, he performed on the Miles Davis classic, Bitches Brew, and also formed Weather Report. Joe Zawinul’s last performance in the UK was at the Jazz Cafe and I was honoured to take pictures of the gig. He was truly a profound musician and will be sorely missed.
The late, great Joe Zawinul performing at the Jazz Cafe, March 2007: