There’s a common misconception that Kẹdụ means Hello.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Kẹdụ does not mean Hello.
In fact, Hello doesn’t really exist in Igbo because Hello is an English word, and an English concept.
So, what then is Kẹdụ?
Kẹdụ is a questioning particle.
This means that Kẹdụ doesn’t really mean anything on its own, but rather, is short for any number of questions that can be formed with Kẹdụ.
Kẹdụ as What / Who / Which / When / How
Kẹdụ + ịfẹ (thing) = What?
e.g. Kẹdụ ịfẹ bụ ịfẹ a? – What is this / that? (Lit. What thing is this thing?)
Kẹdụ + onye (person) = Who?
e.g. Kẹdụ onye bụ onye a? – Who is this / that? (Lit. Which person is this person?)
Kẹdụ + ndị (people) = Who?
e.g. Kẹdụ ndị bụ ndị a? – Who are these / those? (Lit. Which people are these people?)
Kẹdụ + mbọsị (when as in day) = When?
e.g. Kẹdụ mbọsị Chịnẹdụ na ẹmẹ anwụlị? – When is Chịnẹdụ having a party? (Lit. What day is Chịnẹdụ having the party?)
Kẹdụ + oge (when as in time) = When?
e.g. Kẹdụ oge Chịnẹdụ ga abịa? – When will Chịnẹdụ come? (Lit. What time will Chịnẹdụ come?)
Kẹdụ + etu (manner) = How?
e.g. Kẹdụ etu Chịnẹdụ bịa? – How did Chịnẹdụ come? (Lit. By what manner did Chịnẹdụ come/ arrive?)
Kẹdụ + ka (as / like) = How?
e.g. Kẹdụ ka Chịnẹdụ si bịa? – How did Chịnẹdụ come / arrive?
Note: When people meet and say Kedu? It’s short for the following question:
Kẹdụ ka Chịnẹdụ dị? – How is Chịnẹdụ?
Using Kẹdụ on its own
Kẹdụ afa gị? – What is your name?
Kẹdụ Chịnẹdụ? – Where is Chịnẹdụ?
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