Wednesday, 4 March 2009


There are so many different ways to say it so I will only cover a few below:

Goodbye - English
Slán - Irish
Hwyl fawr - Welsh
Au Revoir or à bientôt - French
Auf Wiedersehen - German
Adiós or hasta la vista - Spanish
Adieus - Portuguese
Ciao or arrivederci - Italian
Yasou or andio - Greek
Näkemiin - Finnish
Dag or Tot ziens - Dutch
Hejdå - Swedish
Farvel - Danish
Żegnaj - Polish
Poka or Пока - Russian
Shalom - Hebrew
Ma'a al Salama - Arabic
Sayonara - Japanese
Zai Jian or 再见- Chinese
Paalam - Filipino
Sampai Jumpa - Indonesian
Namaste - Hindi... funny because Namaste is also the same word for hello in Hindi :-)

So I got this text message on Sunday from my razz cousin... who I am really holding back from doing a post on because it will always be one done in anger... her own is just to try and con me out of money and for that reason I haven't seen her in years... not since she begged me to give her some serious cash (which I did); only for me to realise her plan was always to abscond back to Nigeria the very same day she got it from me... no wahala sha but my own is once bitten, twice shy... *sighs*...

Anyway I got her text and I started to laugh… so much so I couldn’t stop.

Farida: Hope u are good? Just checking on u. Call me! CHAO.

ROTFLMFAO… abeg which one be chao?… kai! I want to believe that it was a slip of the finger… simply a typo… but I have learnt otherwise with her… yarning with her for 5 minutes is pure hard work… she be village girl o! but dat one no concern am because she go just dey blow her own phonetics by fire and by force.

Please why do people just continue to bastardise a language in an effort to feel among?


What the hell was wrong with just saying o da bo?!!!


bumight 4 March 2009 at 15:47  

"chao" is the New Naija Unified Version! lol

olusimeon 4 March 2009 at 16:19  

chao...lollllllllllllll..if it isn't for the office ..i would rollin on d floor....gotta run ..chaoooooooooo y'

LoloBloggs 4 March 2009 at 16:35  

Haven't you seen Jenifa?! It's all about being part of the 'Bis gels'!

Rayo 4 March 2009 at 16:51  

jeez, first thot u were goin awol oh. dont think twas a typo, gotten d same too before so...

Caelestis Angelus! 4 March 2009 at 16:59  

Lol. Abeg leave the poor girl o, she is hot on her own levels and will not send you. lol

@loloblogs: abi o, "its like", "i mean", "you know"... that movie na real wa!

Buttercup 4 March 2009 at 17:21  

hehehehehe! yea, lots n lots n lots of people spell exactly as

Miss Definitely Maybe 4 March 2009 at 18:50  

maybe she genuinely thought that was the correct spelling
dont blame a girl for trying lol
but sometimes if you are unsure about the meaning/spelling of a word its best not to use it

Jennifer A. 4 March 2009 at 19:03  

LOLLLLL......O da bo would have been easier...

Avartsy 4 March 2009 at 19:11  

lmao...I am so with you on this...chatting with peeps in naija is just another level of English...'chao' is not the only one, dem plenty...I guess it's 'spell as it's pronounced'

Toluwa 4 March 2009 at 20:43  

wat is up wit bumight being first on every blog av been to...?

chao? lmao...

free her jo! shebi she is naija...abi r dey not d ones that say "norrin mush"!

lol@ lolobloggs....oush!

Jay 4 March 2009 at 20:58  
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Afrobabe 5 March 2009 at 00:10  

lmao...oda bo aint tosh now, how can she text abroad and say oda bo....she gats to be a bigs gels mehn...

Carlang 5 March 2009 at 00:18  

I hope all those variated messages of goodbye isn't you announcing your intent to leave Blogsville.

I'm almost going crazy with the way people are retiring from Blogville.
It's almost as if someone got a tip that the FBI are investigating bloggers for terrorism related charges.

Are they?

I cant believe you are stunned at Chao.
That is sooooo last month's lingo.
All is not lost though.
I will put you through a quick lesson.

When next some sends you "Chao"
You simply reply..


"laughing Hout Loud!"

doug 5 March 2009 at 02:39  

whew! Thought from the title that you were running off!

Dont go feeling special sha, I just wanted to say "good riddance".

And leave your cousin jo! She dey try step up!

mizchif 5 March 2009 at 03:14  

For a second there i thought u were saying goodbye.

Carlang jus cracked me up. LHL!!!
Very apt response!

bArOquE 5 March 2009 at 09:02  

"...funny because CIAO is also the same word for Hello in Italian" :-)

abeg leave the girl joo, which kind beef be this? na because she chop your money? she type am like that so that you can understand, abi you no understand? LMAO

Jay 5 March 2009 at 09:53  

hahahahah...the chick is trying to belong, she probably has no clue she is spelling it wrong. Very funny.

Afrobabe 5 March 2009 at 10:29  

Read ur comment on Bumight's about needing to go to the hospital..hope you are ok love...Big hug...

tobenna 5 March 2009 at 12:59  

I agree with bumight there.
CHAO is the Nigerian version.
If she wants to 'tiaaaun', its perfectly ok.

CaramelD 5 March 2009 at 14:05  

OK I was really scared that you were leaving or something!

Did anyone else find it ironic that Carlang is complaining about bloggers going AWOL?? Oga were you dey since? (Embittered fan)Hmph!

Shubby Doo 5 March 2009 at 14:27  

@bumight - *claps*… how you dey 1st up and down everywhere?!!!

@simeone - chao ya'll?!... you’ve stepped it up to another level…hahahaha...

@lolobloggs - i have o…both jenifa and jenifa 2!... i hear you but know that everytime I think she wants to do ‘big gels’ I dey run…no dulling!

@rayo - was thinking about it...

you’ve gotten it 2 abi... thank u jare... that is all the proof i need... it is razz!!!

@caelestis angelus – lol…she no send me…I wish…actually please pass me your phone number and I will give it to her…as you try and side step her requests for cash you will see dat her language skills are not just hot but hawt!… woman go just dey fire shells into the English language anyhow…

@buttercup – really?! Ok I am begging such people to please please please stop…

@Miss DM – lol…good advice cos there is such a thing as trying 2 hard…

I checked wikipedia and it says ciao is pronounced ‘chaow’…so she no even fit pass dat one…abeg all that ‘spelling as pronounced’ is pure tory!

@jaycee – abi o!

@avartsy – please don’t get me started… norring spoil sha… apart from her Italian!!!... lol

maybe I should give her the benefit of the doubt…maybe she was saying it in Vietnamese …there chào means hello or goodbye :-)

@just…toluwa – what can I say but bumight ‘gats skills’ …lol

@afrobabe – aint it?! she no serious…na the same person wey dey yab me say how I fit were trouser for village… that is until she thought it sophisticated to wear jeans to catch the boys’ eyes … na im be dat o! Sometimes I think her sense of everything is not even fickle anymore but just sooooo wannabe!

@carlang – LHL…only you…LMAOOOOOO….only you fit teach me dis lesson…kai! …

I heard about a guy on the phone at a restaurant saying ‘lawl, lawl, lawl’…as in he meant LOL… see how person wey wan do like he sabi pass everybody, just go open mouth, spoil show… great example of ‘do and die’…*shakes head*

I’m still not over naapali’s departure…but you might have a point …please you have to go to afrobabes’s page because one of her post is about that…woman was hot for a guy until she learnt he had a curfew tag related to such charges…I was like afro terrorist ke? I laff tire wen I read her post! Only afrobabe!!!

@doug – dat na how person dey step up? I no dey hold anybody o! so she can continue her own but abeg make she pass commot my side 1st jo...

@mizchif – nope…for now I’m still here

@doll – my sentiments exactly

@baroque – bad belles dey catch me… yes o! …why?... sweetie because ‘an oak is not felled at one stroke’…I don tire 4 her wayo ways… I have released her but she will not release me…arrrgghh….come to think of it you can help…pass me your number to give her :-D

2 dis day wen any of my friend tell me ciao, I respond with bye or take care or stay blessed…only when in rome will I do as the romans…until then I refuse jare

thank you for the education on the Venetian language…ciao bello! ;-)

@wordmerchant – probably…sad thing is I think I was supposed to be impressed…well it caused me to smile…just b4 the fits of uncontrollable laughter kicked in!!!

@afrobabe – might post about it but for now thanks for the hugs…it really means a lot

@tobenna – ok o!... I’ll take yours and bumight’s word for it …so it is no biggie swapping chao for ciao…the new naija way…I’m sure I can look at the text again and say kini big deal…maybe even credit her for style….but kai I make no promises that I won’t start ROTFL again!

@carameld – hi hun… just working thru some things in my head but I am still here…

I have already been to Carl’s blog and decorated his comments page with my opinion on his absence…I’m pretty sure he will update soon! Here’s hoping ;-)

O'Dee 5 March 2009 at 14:53  

Seen chao a few times, tho I have really never understood what it meant.

Allow your cousin, she gas ta be bigs.

Anonymous,  5 March 2009 at 22:48  

Oops, shalom means goodbye in Hebrew. Wow!!!

*offended* so, 'o da bo' (the noble Yoruba) is your own qualification of 'razziness'?

I dare to disagree, razziness is a personality trait.

Shubby Doo 6 March 2009 at 08:57  

@oluwadee – lol @ she gats ta be bigs!…"I mean…it’s like…you know"…kai! So it's now farida kan, aiyetoro kan...LMAO…I'll say it again 'there aint nothing wrong with just saying bye or o da bo'…

@rethots – say what?! haba, i didn't state such a thing o!... please read the post again... or are you replying to afrobabe’s 1st comment?

I remember a hymn I used to sing as a child

'Shalom shalom
May peace be with you, throughout your days.
In all that you do may peace be with you,
Shalom, shalom.

Shalom’s Hebrew meaning is peace, completeness, and welfare; idiomatically it is used to mean both hello and goodbye!

naijaleta 6 March 2009 at 15:31  

Chinko gal, au una dey. Una no dey com ma side again. Wish ones now?

About your razz cousin. Na dat kain pesin dem dey call kontri cuzin.

I'm in a good mood today and I dont know why.

aloted 7 March 2009 at 13:30  

when i saw the subject ciao i was like no way is she God it is about something else.

free your cousin jo! LHL according to Carlang.

.. 7 March 2009 at 15:41  

One thing with text messaging is the texter,always assumes the textee,would receive the information contained in the text ,not by the spelling of words,but by pronounciation.
But on another hand,that is a real typographical eyesore.We are all prone to those

She may not be that razz,maybe just slightly,but nothing that needs deliverance.lolz
I love your blog dear.

The Activist 7 March 2009 at 18:51  

Lol. They dont call it "basterdize" but "funkinize"/
Your cousin tried O

Smaragd 8 March 2009 at 15:00  
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Smaragd 8 March 2009 at 15:03  

thorough as always, even i the linguist cant say goodbye in these many languages.

i tire for ur cousin, but again, a lot of naija peeps spell ciao and other borrowed words in hilarious ways that get me shaking my head.

just like Namaste, ciao is hello and goodbye in italian actually.

u scared me babe.thot u were signing out.


u'll be going to the hospital babe. it is well honey, i pray u'll be fine.

CaramelD 10 March 2009 at 16:03  

Shubby please oh come and finish your story on my blog!

Mamarita 10 March 2009 at 18:27  

I think she deserves props for at least knowing that ciao means goodbye and the H factor should also be a factor in the spelling ;)

FineBoy Agbero 11 March 2009 at 13:14  

Kai! Where did u get all those translations? and dont tell me u speak all dem languages o!!!

Original Mgbeke 11 March 2009 at 20:57  

LMAO. Abeg your cuzzo no go kill me with laugh. Afi CHAO na? Shuoooo

Geebee 13 March 2009 at 10:47  

Abeg free your cousin jo. You should be glad she's steppin up into the world of the bisgels. Very soon she'll invite you to her gestogether parry. . . What wouldn't folks do all in the name of stepping up and trying to belong. See ya. Chao. Oussh! Ur cousin might just be another Jenifa. . . Come to think of it, your cousin would strangle you if she gets wind of this post and the comments o. lol

LG 13 March 2009 at 15:52  

omoge how farzz??? e don tey o' hope u r doing well'

Bibi 14 March 2009 at 00:15  

lol @ the lawl lawl lawl. insane! everybody wants to belong thats whats wrong. lol. FIRST TIMER

~Sirius~ 15 March 2009 at 13:07  

This really cracked me up......Chao
Spelt as pronounced, you can't blame her you

SHE 15 March 2009 at 20:09  

Ah well, I've seen the 'Chao' word before in text messages o! got me confused for a while, then i concluded i was simply not up to date with slangs.

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