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 Post subject: Re: South Africa English - a guide for other mother tongues
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A few words that are sometimes used in the informal South African English language system (perhaps some have been mentioned already):

Bergie – Homeless person staying in Cape Town.
Bra – Male friend or a brother.
Cozzie –Swim wear.
Saamie – A sandwich.
Isit - Is that so?
A checkers - A plastic shopping bag.

I do not think these English words are used elsewhere in the world – they are uniquely South-African. Some of the English words are a mixture of Afrikaans and other languages and the meaning may even differ from Province to Province in South Africa. In the Western Cape for example many unique words are part of the daily spoken language, some that a person will not hear in Gauteng (joburg) for example. Some of them will make your “ore tuit”.

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 Post subject: Re: South Africa English - a guide for other mother tongues
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Oh I just remembered another one.

"Sy is in sulke tyd." (she is in that time) meaning sy is pregnant. also called being "op die paal" (being on the pole)

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 Post subject: Re: South Africa English - a guide for other mother tongues
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Grantmissy wrote:
Bra – Male friend or a brother.

Used by those who can't say "Bro"
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Isit - Is that so?

Pronounced Eezurt? And can be used whether the enquiry is about an inanimate object, person or whatever.

Example: "Mahmommie (my mother) went by (to) the doctor annie gave her (performed, not donated) a examination." "Eezurt?"

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

In SA that three letter word should also not be confused with a ladies’ clothing garments.

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You said it Grantmissy :thumbs_up: I prefer bro.......

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Nag = getting drunk until you don't know what's going on.

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Oogpister Gogga. (A type of ground beetle)

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"Plakkies" = sandals / slip slops / flip flops ... (not sure if this has been covered before)

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Pavement: In South Africa we walk on pavements and drive cars on the road (at least that's the idea). The pavement is the sidewalk.

Just now: If South Africa we say we will do something "just now", meaning we will do something in the near future and not immediately.

Bunny Chow: Bunny Chow is curry served in a hollowed-out half-loaf of bread.

Tannie: Auntie. Any older female of authority.

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