Dark continent; Rock sliding; O.K.; Monkeygland; another glossary

Peter McGraw pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU
Fri Jul 23 17:56:00 UTC 1999


These are fascinating.  Many of them are transparently (and
of course predictably) Afrikaans. Do you have any inkling, from
observation, as to whether the Afrikaans words are "in daily use" in
South African ENGLISH?  Or might it simply mean that they are in daily
use in SOUTH AFRICA, either in English or in Afrikaans, depending on
which language the speaker is using--i.e., that the Afrikaans words are
used only IN Afrikaans, or perhaps in either language by those whose
primary language is Afrikaans?  E.g., do English-speaking South
Africans really say "Totsiens" instead of "Good-bye" when they part?
What makes me wonder is that the spellings don't seem to indicate any
anglicization at all.

Peter Mc.

On Thu, 22 Jul 1999 20:22:33 EDT Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

>      This is from SA 98-99: SOUTH AFRICA AT A GLANCE, pages 164-165:
> Expressions in daily use which may confuse the visitor.
> AIKONA--never, not on your life
> APTEEK--pharmacy
> BAHBALAS--a hangover
> BAIE DANKIE--thank you very much
> BAKKIE--a light delivery vehicle
> BILTONG--dried meat
> BOBOTIE--traditional Cape dish of spiced meat
> BOEREWORS--a spicy sausage
> BONSELLA--a gift, gratuity
> BOSBERAAD--conference in the bush
> BOTTLE STORE--liquor store
> BREDIE--a meat stew
> BRAAIVLEIS--a barbecue
> DAGGA--cannabis
> DASSIE--rock rabbit
> DOP--a tot of spirits
> DORP--a country town


Peter A. McGraw
Linfield College
McMinnville, Oregon
pmcgraw at linfield.edu

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