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Kalabari Bibi

Near Homophones

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In the Kalabari Language, there are some words which are nearly homophonic in sound with each other. This means they have very similar sounds. A knowledge of this group of words is particularly important for writers and intending writers of Kalabari Poetry. Below are some examples:
 

arị,  i with high tone ( fish hook) .... arị, i with low tone ( witchcraft)

 

barị (make lukewarm, revoke) ... darị ( to boil)

 

bịla , i with high tone (frequent stooling) … bla, i with low tone (elephant)

 

bbị fịrịma ( to send word across) ....  bbị ofịrịma ( to hasten

 speech)

 

buruma (a kind of ornamental dye) .... bụrụma (make dirty, untidy)

 

fọnya (quick!) .... fọnyị ( confiscate)

 

fẹngụ ( rainy season) ...  fingi ( hydrocele)

 

gulugulu ( wasted) .... gulogulo ( of stew, soup too watery)

 

gbasị ( equality) .... gbasa ( a kind of masquerade)

 

gbụsụnụ ( given well deserved support) .... gbisini ( dislocation)

 

ikia (friendship) .... ịkịan ( wonder, prophesy)

 

iboli (bow) .... ịbọlị ( mud cat fish)

 

ịkolị (sea crab) .... ikoli ( chain, jail)

 

kasa (fish rack) .... kịsị ( very very small)

 

obu ( sharpness of knife, cutlass, etc) .... obu ( dumbness)

 

dụ ( stew) ... odu ( general body odour, foul odour)

 

ọkọ ( to hire) ... ọkọ ( it is so) … ọkọ ( throwing up as by a baby)

 

ọwụ ( heat) ... owu (cry)

 

ọgụ (hoe) .... ọgụ ( the vegetable, fluted pumpkin)

 

ọfọ ( a kind of wand for Kalabari men)....  ofo ( the fish, African moony)

 

oso ( to contribute money ) .... ọsụ ( plural for go )

 

pari ( to braid, plait) .... wari ( house)

 

pọkụ ( toilet)  ....  poku ( the number, 800,000)

 

saki ( to get up)  ....  siki ( to reject)

 

sinini ( to slip )  ....  sununu ( to lie stretched, straigthened)

 

sara ( dunghill)  .... sira ( to pour water, etc)

 

 
 
 

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