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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby iNkwazi » Sat Sep 26, 2009 8:05 pm

Does it not come from the fact that they roam plains (vlak) ?? :hmz:
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Elzet » Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:56 pm

iNkwazi, quite possible.

I also have the following suggestions:

* A man who had to much too drink - becomes a shallow pig... :lol: :whistle:
* If a woman does not drink enough, an ugly man looks like a warthog... full of warts and yellow teeth... with unruly mane and a hair here and there ... :lol: :whistle:


On a serious note, it could be ascribed to laziness of the tongue in Afrikaans -
vratvark (translation: warthog) became vlakvark (shallow pig). It might also be that they graze vlak - level with the soil or dig a bit deeper...???

Nieuwe woorden ontstonden voor specifiek Afrikaanse zaken, dieren en planten en woorden die betrekking hadden op specifiek Nederlandse zaken verdwenen of werden overgedragen op vergelijkbare verschijnselen in het nieuwe land. Ook uit bestaande Nederlandse woorden werden nieuwe Afrikaanse woorden gevormd. Voorbeelden van deze ontwikkelingen zijn

Wrattenzwijn ---> Vlakvark = Wrattenzwijn (Old dutch) = wart pig

It is also indicated that the word wrattenzwijn comes from Maleis. (Wrattenzwijn (inheemse, grofgebouwde zwijnachtige met wratachtige uitsteeksels aan schedel en slagtanden).

Maybe someone else can share more light on this subject?
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Elzet » Sat Nov 14, 2009 6:51 pm

Scrub hare = English

Lepus saxatilis
Kolhaas = Afrikaans (direct translation = Spot hare)
Scrub hare = English (direct translation = boshaas)
Umvundla = isiNdebele, isiXhosa
Unogwaja = isiZulu
Mofuli = Sesotho
Moduô1ô, modiôlô = Setswana
Tsuro = Shona
Logwatja = siSwati
Mpfundla = Tsonga
Muvhuda, khomu = Venda
Shakame = Lozi
Unshuru = Yei
!Ôas = Nama, Damara
Murchen = hare = Scots
Hazen = hare = Dutch
Sungura = Swahili ((Thanks to the Guides of Selous (Whiteman John and Mzee Haule) and Rumuruti). :thumbs_up:

It would be nice if our foreign mites could extend this list.

The hare in African folk tales is a trickster. In mythology, and in the study of folklore and religion, a trickster is a god, goddess, spiritual being, man, woman, or anthropomorphism animal who plays tricks or otherwise disobeys normal rules and norms of behavior. The hare appears in English folklore in the saying "as mad as a March hare".

The constellation Lepus represents a hare.
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Gunner » Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:10 am

Ja nee, dis lekker :thumbs_up:

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Elzet » Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:12 pm

Gunner :thumbs_up: (Scrub hare was a topic yesterday on another thread...) :wink:
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Gunner » Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:17 pm

Dankie Elzet :thumbs_up:

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Elzet » Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:31 pm

I would like to convey my sincere appreciation to the Guides of Selous (Whiteman John and Mzee Haule) and Rumuruti for confirming and providing me with the Swahili words above. :clap: :dance:
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby oddesy » Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:34 pm

:thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: very interesting to see all the different names, and so many :shock:
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby cliffR » Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:31 am

Richprins wrote:Ironic how "Aardvark" is the first entry in most ENGLISH dictionaries! :twisted:

That is our small revenge for losing one of the Boer wars... 8)


the old "earth-pig"... :lol:

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Hippo-fan » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:56 am

It is also indicated that the word wrattenzwijn comes from Maleis. (Wrattenzwijn (inheemse, grofgebouwde zwijnachtige met wratachtige uitsteeksels aan schedel en slagtanden).


It's not a Malayan word. In Malaya a pig is called "Babi".

pieces of Babi on a stick, roasted, called Sate Babi. :twisted:
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby michel367 » Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:08 pm

Elzet wrote:Scrub hare = English

Hazen = hare = Dutch


Only Haas LZ.
Hazen is plural. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby onewithnature » Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:41 am

Richprins wrote:Ironic how "Aardvark" is the first entry in most ENGLISH dictionaries!

That is our small revenge for losing one of the Boer wars...


:lol: :lol:
Although, of course, the first entry is usually the letter "A"! :twisted: Which, I suppose, still stands for Afrikaans. :hmz:
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby cliffR » Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:14 am

I like 'platanna' (sp?) - is it a bullfrog?

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Gunner » Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:20 am

Howzit there cliffR, welcome to the forums :thumbs_up:

I don't think its a Bullfrog, because it's much smaller then that :hmz: Quite a flat shaped frog.

I know Fisherman use them as live bait :twisted:

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby okie » Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:25 am

A platanna is also called African clawed frog - Xenopus laevis .
A bullfrog is much bigger , Pixicephalus adspersus .
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