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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:07 am

I also love the word "gat", hole.. there is nothing like being "gatvol".

On the road from G'teng to Cape Town, there is a turn off to "Eland's gat". I always pack up at that point and laugh for the next few kilometres.

My mother in law, used to use the term, "gattas de lux" to describe something very gaudy, or vulgar.
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Snow Zee » Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:36 am

Spheniscus Denersus= Jackass penguin (English)= Brilpikkewyn(Afrikaans))=Bril penguine(Dutch)

= Glasses penguin, or as 'bril' in Dutch is also used to describe a toilet seat, this animal could also be called a toilet seat penguin.

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby 3dgreek » Sun Feb 08, 2009 4:20 pm

Just a quick one...I've heard buffalo referred to a dagga boys...is this because of an Afrikaans name or is it just slang?
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:09 pm

3dgreek wrote:Just a quick one...I've heard buffalo referred to a dagga boys...

It's actually daggha boys. It's an African term in the construction industry referring to the cement mixture. Not sure which African language it stems from. Buffalo wallow in mud, especially lazy males = daggha boy. The big guy working with the the cement mixture.

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby KEPs » Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:18 pm

Dagha is the Fanagalo (a type of local lingua franca) for building mortar. A dagha boy is the guy mixing the mortar. Quite fitting description for the old bulls languising in the mud all day. :)
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby KEPs » Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:17 pm

This one is not an official Afrikaans name or description, it evolved during Kruger visits, but is so descriptive we have to share it.

First some background, some birds develop facial growths during the breeding season and are usually referred to as “wattled”, eg. Wattled Starling. In Afrikaans these wattles are called a lel, hence a Wattled Starling becomes a Lelspreeu.

We noticed some vehicles develop similar growths, especially in the vicinity of sightings. These vehicles quickly became “Lelkarre” or Wattled cars, but for some reason a wattled car doesn’t sound as deliciously degrading as lelkar. :twisted:

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby onewithnature » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:46 am

This ietermagog terminology is durable indeed; we should apply for it to enter the Oxford dictionary so that it can officially be bantered around in zoological home-ranges.
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby BoReD MonKey » Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:28 am

I havn't seen any mentions of the big five! (correct me if i have any wrong) :tongue:
olifant-elephant
buffel-buffalo
jagluiperd-leoperd
leeu-lion
renoster-rhinoceros

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Henk » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:38 am

BoReD MonKey wrote:I havn't seen any mentions of the big five! (correct me if i have any wrong) :tongue:
olifant-elephant
buffel-buffalo
jagluiperd-leoperd
leeu-lion
renoster-rhinoceros


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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Richprins » Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:29 pm

Just a strange aside regarding GERMAN animal names:

While leopard, lion and elephant stick with the norm (Leopard, Leeuwe and Elefant), cheetah and rhino are radically different - "gepard" and "nashorn"!

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Safrica » Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:00 pm

nice insight! :clap:
well in fact it`s "Löwe" for lion...

"Nashorn" by the way means "Nosehorn" aka rhino...
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby onewithnature » Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:23 am

Interesting stuff!
Tell me why they refer to the cheetah as a "hunting leopard" in Afrikaans (jagluiperd): how does this distinguish it from a leopard, both of which hunt?
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:17 am

Open to discussion and correction. :lol: The name is divided in two parts jag = hunt and luiperd = leopard. It looks like a leopard or "the spotted one" but instead of stalking and getting it done in a sneaky way it actively hunts its prey chasing it down. That bit comes from a website in Afrikaans about Afrikaans animal names.

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Unread postby Heike1968 » Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:51 am

Here in Germany we use "Gepard" for a cheetah. But I have seen the word "hunting leopard" for a cheetah yesterday in another internet forum. Has anybody known here that a cheetah is called hunting leopard, too? I have never heard about it.



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buffel-buffalo -> Büffel
leeu-lion -> Löwe

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Heike1968 » Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:13 pm

A "Hummel" is a bumble-bee.

A "Luchs" is a lynx, a pretty European wild cat:

Image male lynx

Image female lynx

And I have never heard of a "Hetzer" as an animal. A "Hetzer" is a political agitator or baitor, always meant in a very bad sense.


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