One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Nigeria and other parts of Africa) a learned man or scribe.
clerk, secretary, copyist, transcriber, amanuensis, recorder, record keeperView synonyms
- ‘So Yinka, redirect your frustration somewhere else but not to the mallams or the Northerners.’
- ‘Thanks, but someone just told me that there are thieves among the mallams at mosalasi.’
- ‘Each of the mallams was attended by a well-dressed little boy of agreeable countenance, who acted as page to his master, and was his protégé.’
From Hausa mālam(i).
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