Lonely Planet Writer

Uganda’s ‘Uglish’ published for first time in dictionary form

Uganda published the first dictionary of Uglish.
Uganda publishese first dictionary of Uglish. Image by Caleb Roenigk / CC BY 2.0

The first dictionary of Uglish (pronounced ‘you-glish’), an informal and often humorous patois based on English, has been published in Uganda. The locally-adapted Uglish terms are so ingrained that many people assume they are actually English. According to the new book the term ‘campuser’ is a university student, while ‘dentist’ or ‘detoother’ are both terms for a gold digger looking for a wealthy partner. The author believes Uglish has been greatly influenced by the local Luganda language, and is due in part to a serious problem with the country’s education system. Read more: nation.co.ke