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Phrases that took 2018 by storm

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By Karani Njiru | December 31st 2018

As Kenyans, we have been through a lot this year. However, through all this, we came up with phrases that helped us cope.

As the curtains fall on 2018, here are some of the phrases we'll remember this year for:

LAMBA LOLO

The sheng phrase that is said to have been originally coined by a DJ as a sound effect has different meanings.

According to the online slang dictionary, Lamba Lolo, in polite terms, means “Mind your own business.”

BORA UHAI

Bora Uhai is a new Swahili slogan mostly used on social media for a quick response.

IFIKIE WAZAZI

ifikiewazazi started to expose a crop of kids calling themselves Instagram models in Kenya when actually all they do is take raunchy photos.

OVER DI BAR

This started when a Nigerian fan-filmed himself shouting Over di bar (Over the bar) when Nigeria conceded a penalty against Iceland with the Nigerians leading 2-0.

He kept chanting as Gylfi Sigurðsson lined up for his spot kick, and sure enough, the ball went over the bar.

IF YOU KNOW YOU KNOW

The defining phrase of an inside joke to information only a select few know about

PAMBANA NA HALI YAKO

This means “deal with your situation”.

CHEZA KAMA WEWE

Make it happen or make it count

I’M NOT BOARDING!

This started when lawyer Miguna Miguna caused drama at the JKIA when he refused to board a Dubai-bound plane meant to re-deport him to Canada, just hours after he had landed in the country.

The phrase is now famously used to say no.

NTAAMBIA NINI WATU

This is used when one is not so proud of something he/she has done and they wonder how they will explain to people what happened.

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