South African glossary (long!)
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Wed Jul 14 09:56:39 UTC 1999
This glossary doesn't seem to be on the web, although there is a site at
This is from TRAVEL 2000 COAST TO COAST--THE BACKPACKER'S GUIDE TO SOUTH
AFRICA, glossary, pages 154-156 (everything is in caps but I'll reduce some):
ALICE--"Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carol (sic).
AMABOKKE--am a buck (literal translation). The national soccer team.
AFDAK--not to be mistaken for afkuk. An outside roof.
BABALAS--a kiwi calling a girl or a bad hangover.
BAKKIE--a small tub or a car that resembles a pickup or ute.
BENIGN--what you be after you be eight.
BEVIES--drinks. Sinking loads is definitely Geoff's favourite pastime.
BILTONG--dried raw meat. (and no, it's not bull's tongue.) ("Barry Biltong"
has been used in jest on this tour--Bary Popik)
BLIND SPOT--what Dick and Jane did in a fit of cruelty.
BOER--Afrikaans for farmer. Someone who wears socks up to their knees.
BOERIES--Boerwors sausage. An Afrikaans legacy and an indespenable (sic)
part of SA braai.
BOFFIN--expert, knowledgable, well versed.
BRAAI--known in other part of the world as a bbq or barbie, braaiing is a
national pastime no matter what race or language. Three tips, don't mess
with the firemaker's fire, don't fiddle with the cook's food and don't give
BROOKIE LACE--the wraught iron border around a stoep. A bit tougher than
BUCKS--South African money. Or an antelope. Rhymes with buck, muck,
CAUTERIZE--made eye contact with her.
CHILL OUT--what you do in the Transkei or after a great surf. Surfing in the
CHOOMPH--food. Graze. You may even find one of these chocolate bars on your
CIRCULAR DEFINITION--see Definition, Circular.
COINCIDE--what you do when it starts to rain.
CONSCIENCE--what hurts when everything else feels so good.
COOKS--the surf cooks. What cooks? Too many cooks spoil the broth?
DARK AGES--knight time.
DOGAT--dog that thinks it's a cat.
DIGS--shared accommodation (student type); likes; in search of treasure.
DUTCHMAN--(not a Hollander) to qualify you need to love red meat, drink
klippies and Coke and wear socks up to your knees.
FOOFIE SLIDE--a pulley swing that runs from one side of a river to another.
Or skidmarks in your underpants.
EK SE--a quirky Afrikaans phrase meaning "I say", but not really translatable
FUNDI--an expert. (Xhosa) Princess Di at a party.
FYNBOS--indigenous plantlife found in the Cape. Not to be mistaken for
GEOMETRY--what the acorn said after it grew up.
GRAZE--eat. People who use this word do graze their food.
GROOT GAT--a big hole. Gat is also a rude Afrikaans word for bum hole.
HANGOVER--the mourning after the night before. What you do on a fence.
HUMS--is really busy.
INNUENDO--an Italian suppository.
JOLLING--party. Fun time. Keep this one in your vocab and you'll have a
lekker time. "We're always on the jol."
KARAOKE--Japanese for "tone-deaf drunk with microphone".
KITSCH--kitsch is nasty but nice. Christine has lots of kitsch.
KOPPIE--a small hill. But also one can say a "koppie koffie".
KOS--Afrikaans for food or costs. Die kos kos... (no, not the stuff that
looks like rice...)
KREEF--crayfish. (not to be confused with Durban cockroaches.)
LAIDBACK-relaxed, easy going. In the back seat of a car.
LANK--(slang for lots/really/very positive). He's lank well.
LAPA--a wood/reed/shelter without walls. What you say after drinking too
LARNY--smart (involving clothes, places).
LEKKER--local is lekker. Nice. Good. Great. Use it often and you'll be
MENSE--people (Afrikaans). Also an assoc. for specially clever IQ's.
MUTI--medicine for a mute cow.
MOSSEL--mussel--a small shellfish you can pick off the rocks. Or the large
things sticking out of Dutchman's vests.
PARKING OFF--hanging around/out. Off is pronounced orf.
PELLIE--mate, friend, chum. Geoff is mine.
PLONK--cheap red wine. A prerequisite in every backpack and home. You can
also get "on your plonk" after too much plonk. The Irish word "plonker"
means something completely different.
POZZIE--place, spot (as in home/house/digs). A drunken Australian.
POTJIE--traditional way of cooking stew-type food very slowly in a cast iron
pot over a fire. Delicious stuff.
QUAGGA--an extinct half zebra half horse that roamed South Africa. Not to be
mistaken with dagga.
ROCKING UP--just arriving. When are they rocking up? Not to be confused
with getting your rocks off.
RUSTIG/E--relaxed. Not a misprint of risting.
SAN--bushmen. Or short for sandy.
SANGOMA--African witchdoctor. Not to be messed with.
SARMIES--sandwiches. What mom made you to take to school. Peanut-butter and
jam is a South African favourite.
SHEBEEN--African bars open 24 hrs a day. Where enlightened buy beer on
SKOLLIES--naughty bad people. Usually criminals. The kind of people your
mother warned you about, but worse.
SLAAPSTAD--a play on Kaapstad (Afrikaans for Cape Town) which means Sleepy
Town because everyone's so bloody laid-back.
SNAZZY--hey shew wow smart, larny.
SNOR--Afrikaans for moustache. A common dorm sound.
SPAZA--basic supply shop.
SPRUCED--looking good, well kept.
STOEP--verandah in all South African homes. Pronounced stoop.
SUSSED--sharp, clever, on the ball.
VREETING--pig out on. (Geoff sez, it's the noise your bum makes after too
much pigging out.)
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