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 Post subject: Re: South Africa English - a guide for other mother tongues
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Dotty wrote:
and will have babbelaas? where does that come from?


It's a loan word form the Zulu "ibhabhalazi", used to describe the effects of a night's drinking..


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babelas (zulu origin)
pronounced as written: ba-ba-las

Meaning:
A hangover.

"I have a babalas today after last getting vrot last night on amarula!"

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you have not lived until you have experienced a babalas at babalala 8)

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 Post subject: Re: South Africa English - a guide for other mother tongues
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:lol: :lol: :lol:

Jou Gat man!
pronounced - Yoh (as in hip hop slang) Gat (with the German rough GGGG sound) man (same as english)
Yoh-Gat-man

Meaning:
Guinea Pig wrote:
Literally translated it means "Your behind man!"

Used to tell the other person you ABSOLUTELY do not agree with what they just said, usually when you think he/she is lying to you.


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 Post subject: Re: South Africa English - a guide for other mother tongues
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 Post subject: Re: South Africa English - a guide for other mother tongues
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Some of my favourites are:

I threw him with a brick which hit his one leg and hurt his one eye. Instead of I threw a brick at him which hit one of his legs and injured one of his eyes.
Another: I only eat porridge. So this person does nothing else. It should be I eat only porridge. This misuse of the word only does not apply only to Saffies but to many other countries as well.

OWN when do we proceed to "B"?


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 Post subject: Re: South Africa English - a guide for other mother tongues
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kiekie ?



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.OWN when do we proceed to "B"?

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Kiekie
pronounced : kicky

Meaning:
A photo.

"Jislaaik, but that's a lekker kiekie of that giraffe!"

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How about bioscope????
or Bredie?

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Bioscope

This is actually the name of the very early film projector from the early 20th century, and South Africans adopted the word in order to describe a cinema. It's usage persists amongst the older SAers.

Bredie

a traditional Southern African dish consisting of a stew of meat (typically mutton) and vegetables. (Possibly from the Portuguese bredo)

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Bredie

a traditional Southern African dish consisting of a stew of meat (typically mutton) and vegetables. (Possible from the Portuguese bredo



You'll often hear Afrikaans people calling it MOERBYKOS. :lol:

Literally means "throw together everything within reach food".


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One of the most delightful Afrikaans expressions I have encountered is "vloermoer" (kid throwing a tantrum) :D

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Saffies call them Traffic circles the Uk bunch call them round abouts ..
Gogga ....... any type of Kreepy crawly
gogo A granny in Zulu.
Oom and Tannie Afrikaans children seldom call older people Mr Mrs or miss so and so . its oom( uncle) and Tannie ( aunty)

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I also love the term a Mik & Druk Camera!

Generally its a very basic type of camera, no fancy dials or anything like that.

I guess you could call it a Point and shoot!

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Afrikaans has some delightful words or expressions that English cannot do justice to.

Take gatvol for instance, meaning more than thoroughly fed up.

I guttral g, (as per usual) - like cat, foll, as in follow.

Then snotklap. What you would like to do to the kid doing a vloermoer (as per billyf previously) when his parents think it is cute. Pronounced as you see it.

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