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30 Sep 2019
List of proudly South African words

 
 

There are many things that are synonymous with South Africa; Table mountain, The Springboks, The Big Hole in Kimberley, etc. However there are other things that are South African that people will only know or understand if you live here. So to close off heritage month here’s a list of words and phrases you’ll only understand if you live in SA.

  • Braai – “br-eye” (Noun)

A braai or multiple braais refer to meat grilled over an open fire. It can also refer to a structure on which a fire can be built for grilling meat outdoors.

  • Howzit – “how-zit” (Greeting)

A greeting meaning hello or how are you.

  • Eina – “ay-nah” (Exclamation)

A sound used as an exclamation of pain or used as an expression of pain or distress.

  • Spaza – “spah-zah” (Noun)

A small local convenience store. It can also refer to a small unofficial store in a township, usually based in a private house.

  • Bunny chow (Noun)

A hollowed out half loaf of bread filled with meat or vegetable curry.

  • Now now (Adverb/Statement)

A statement meaning “in a moment”. It can also refer to a time very shortly before or very soon after the moment of speaking.

  • Kasi – “kah-sie” (Noun)

An informal word used to refer to a township.

  • Deurmekaar – “dear-meh-car” (Adjective)

A word referring to a muddle, mess or confusion.

  • Slapchips – “slah-p-chips” (Noun)

Big cut fried potato chips.

  • Tyma – “tie-meh” (Noun)

An informal word meaning father.

  • MaOu Lady – “mah-owe lady” (Noun)

An informal word meaning mother.

  • Ne – “neh” (Noun)

An informal word meaning potentially several different things like; Know what I mean, I agree or isn’t it.

  • Shem/Shame – “sheh-m” (Noun)

An informal noun used in pity, compliment or disagreement. It is also used to express sentimental pleasure, especially at something small and endearing.

  • Mos – “mor-ss” (Noun)

A word referring to a well-known fact.

  •  Ja – “yah” (Exclamation)

A word used in agreement or simply used as yes.

  • Cherri – “cherry” (Noun)

An informal word meaning girlfriend.

These are just a few of the many proudly South African words and what they really mean so you can look them up quickly. Let us know any other words or phrases only South Africans will know and understand.

 

 
 
 
 
 

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