Climbing Lane; Madiba shirt

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Wed Apr 28 16:40:16 UTC 2004

On Wed, Apr 28, 2004 at 12:35:17PM -0400, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> MADIBA SHIRT--from THE STAR (, 28 April
> 2004, pg. 1, col. 2: "To signify that it was indeed a very
> special day, Nelson Mandela dumped his Madiba shirts and
> wore a suit and tie."  OED have Madiba?

It's not a type of shirt, it's a nickname for Nelson Mandela
himself. It's in the Dictionary of South African English
from 1990 but OED would (and does) omit it as encyclopedic.

Jesse Sheidlower

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