Welcome to Lagos
Duante posted a good list of Lagos slang on Jackpoint’s guide to Feral Cities a while back. I thought I’d update it here and throw in some more terms that are used in these parts.
Autistic: setting your commlink to restricted and/or limiting contact; e.g. going autistic
Blank: to erase something; to kill someone
Buka: A neighbourhood bar/restaurant, occasionally open air or with only three walls, where the locals gather to drink palm wine and conduct business. Great place to pick up the Three W’s: work, wine, or women.
Cherubium: Local slang for a child brothel.
Chinese Take-out: Anything extremely messy.
Danfo: A bus. Kind of. Look like hell but remarkably safe to use.
Chromed: Someone with a lot of cyberware.
Efrebo: A guy who engages in dangerous play or assignment who is at risk of getting wounded. Example: you.
Egbe: A novice.
Geek: Kill someone. i.e. I geeked that joyboy last night.
Hawala: An African banking system, absolutely wonderful for out-of-towners.
Isu: Money. You better have it.
Jeun Soke Shop: Chop shop. Bring unwanted bodies here.
Joytoy: a Prostitute; also Joyboy, Joygirl, and Joykid.
Kick Artist: an Assassin
Like kicking dead whales down the beach: expression: something long and pointless
Meshed: networked, connected
Okada: Lagosian motorbike, modified to squeeze through traffic, often used as taxis by the daring or foolhardy.
Olorisha, Dibia: Priests and priestesses, sometimes Awakened, always powerful and well respected.
Omae: jap. Buddy, hommie
Oo mo scores: You don’t know what’s up.
Oyibos: foreigner (a.k.a., “rich and gullible” or “easy target”)
Padi: Friend, chum.
Reconfig: to kill or die in particularly gruesome way, usually with a knife.
Sasabonsam: African ghouls with long skinny arms and legs that remind me of those daddy-long-leg spiders back home.
Slot: Curse word.
Tanj: There ain’t no justice.
Vatjob: Extensive augmentations and enhancement, not always pertaining to cyberware.
Zero: See Blank.