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Unread postby annalie » Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:37 am

Think about this one:


Springbok (jumping buck) = springbok :lol:


Interesting note:

They were also called Trekbokken earlier when million of Springboks inhabited the Kalahari and Karoo, when vast numbers occasionally emigrated from the interior and invaded surrounding settled areas. These mass treks apparently occurred during times of protracted drought, when Springboks were forced outside their normal range. Springboks from the then Kalahari Gemsbok NP took a southwesterly course into the Cape Province and onto farmlands where thousands were shot. Prior to undertaking a trek, an abnormal restlessness was noted with herds of animals moving aimlessly at times when they normally fed or rested. Another characteristic of Trekbokken is the loss of normal wariness, trekking Springboks marched right through towns and barely moved aside for passing vehicles. During 1849, there was an invasion of Springboks into Beaufort West (Western Cape), but they disbanded and disappeared overnight as soon as rain began to fall in the interior.
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Unread postby Senyetse » Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:56 am

Another favourite of mine is the Hottentotsgod (praying mantis) or directly translated Hottentot's God. The Hottentots (or Khoi people of the Cape) venerated the mantis, the killing of which was strictly forbidden. Apparently sacrifices were made in its honour when a mantis appeared in a kraal.
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Unread postby JenB » Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:52 am

Tierboskat - Tiger bush cat (Serval)
Swartwitpens - Black white stomach (Sable)
Witkwasjakkals - White paintbrush jackal (Side-striped Jackal)
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Unread postby Richprins » Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:32 pm

One I like is "Koggelmander" (Tree Agama lizard)

It roughly translates to "taunting salamander", which describes their behaviour perfectly, but not their species! :redface:

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Unread postby lirritma » Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:16 am

Can anyone help me with a direct translation for a Skaapsteker slang please? :lol: :lol:
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Unread postby p@m » Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:16 pm

Liritma -- skaapsteker slang is sheep sticker/stabber snake.

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Unread postby DotDan » Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:34 am

Skaapsteker = Sheepshagger

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Unread postby Senyetse » Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:00 am

Luislang - lazy snake - the African Rock Python
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Unread postby Rooies » Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:14 am

Bird names. Why is it that so many names for birds in Afrikaans vary from the English names. Take for example; a Greyheaded Bush Shike is called a Spookvoël (Ghost bird), a Guineafowl is called Tarentaal, a Dabchick is called Dobbertjie (Floater) etc.

In which language was the bird first named? Was it in English or Afrikaans? Why did the second group not give it a name similar to the first group? Was there perhaps bad blood between the "Boere" and the "Engelse" after the Anglo Boer war which gave result to this confusion?

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Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:56 am

Do you realise how many different English (or Afrikaans, or ...) names you can find for the same species? Common names is exactly that ... not standardised ... a bird can have many different names depending on where you find it. Its not an Afrikaans / English thing, it's a human thing.

This is the reason they have latinised scientific names. It is an effort to have one standardised name for each species on earth. The only problem with that, is that they keep on changing that too (maybe for good reasons), which causes even more confusion. :roll:

Dikdik = thick thick (English also dikdik)
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Unread postby arks » Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:17 pm

Imberbe wrote:Dikdik = thick thick (English also dikdik)[/color]

OK, so dikkop = thick head? And the PC police have changed that to thick "knee"? :roll: :shock: :roll:
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Unread postby Senyetse » Thu Jul 17, 2008 5:17 pm

Neushoringvoël - nose horn bird - hornbill
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Unread postby Spotted Cat » Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:37 am

Bergskilpad -: Mountain > peel> road = Leopard Tortoise :lol:
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Jul 20, 2008 9:49 pm

Dikkop - thick head, named after ....I had better stop there, I don't want ANOTHER yellow card....


But a bateleur is a berghaan - mountain rooster????? how do they get that?
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Re: Afrikaans

Unread postby Henk » Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:00 pm

Kelkiewyn (small glass of wine) I don't know the right English name, but it is some grouse. (please help someone)


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