Who exactly is a ‘vulcanizer’?

In Nigeria, ‘vulcanizers’ do general maintenance work on vehicle tyres. They patch up punctured tyres, maintain pressure, attach tyres to wheels, etc.   In British and American English, does ‘vulcanizer’ have the same meaning? Here is the answer: Vulcanization is a chemical process of heating natural rubber with sulphur in order to make it tougher or stronger. By extension, a vulcanizer could mean someone who vulcanizes rubber, the equipment used for this process, or a substance added to rubber during this process.  In America, people who are called vulcanizers in Nigeria…

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Long time no see: not a Nigerian Pidgin phrase

The expression long time no see is not a phrase coined by Nigerian Pidgin users as believed by some non-native speakers of English. Though in line with Nigerian Pidgin form and style, it is an informal English expression. Long time no see is used to greet someone you haven’t seen for a long time when you see them again. Example: ‘Hi, Nonso. Long time no see.’ I turned and she exclaimed, ‘Is that you, Lola? Long time no see!’ Nigerian Pidgin is an English-based pidgin (combination of English and different Nigerian languages).…

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