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razz

adjective; sound symbolism
An uncouth or unsophisticated person. The word “razz” can be used as an example of sound symbolism. It originates from “crass” which means uncouth or unrefined in Standard English. It is used throughout Nigeria in the same way teenagers in the U.S use “ghetto” or “bama.” Although its pronunciation has been slightly altered with the “c” being removed and the “s” sound being replaced by “z” it still maintains the same meaning. The change in pronunciation was probably a result of dialect and with time it became more popular and became a norm in daily Nigerian English.
 
Oh my God Sonume you are soooo RAZZ! Why on earth is your remote control all taped up? Buy a new one!
Etymology : "razz" originated from the word "crass" in English, the c was removed and the "s" pronunciation changed to "z"
Source : Everyday conversation with my friends and family
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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