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African word for “white man”. For a laugh, if someone says “Eita, umlungu!” reply “Sharp-sharp!”
Very fancy. A word normally utilised by well-kept women with French manicures who will never, ever understand the off-side rule. Use the word if you must (it feels nice in the mouth), but aggressively avoid these women.
Term used for a type of homeless person in Cape Town. Originates from “berg”, which is the Afrikaans word for mountain, referring to the homeless people who used to live on Table Mountain but who now live mainly in the city. Pronounce the harsh “g” as if you’ve swallowed an insect and are trying to clear it from your throat.
Gross, disgusting. “Check, that guy is picking his nose.” “Siff, boet.”
Literally “shit”. Popular uses include “What a load of kak” and “Don’t talk kak”.
When you’re asking for directions and someone says: “Left at the third robot,” it is not because our streets are overrun with menacing cyborgs made by Japanese scientists. No. A robot is simply our word for traffic light.
Common term that denotes a wide range of emotions from joy and surprise to confusion and anger. When in doubt, use it.
Literally means “hole fill” in Afrikaans. Means you’ve had enough of something that’s making you angry. Usage: “Boet, I’m gatvol of this ref’s bad decisions.” Again with the harsh “g”.
What Americans would term a “pick-up”. A two-seater light vehicle with an open rear cargo area. The rear is often used to transport an impossible number of workers who stare back at you in traffic and make you feel awkward and a bit guilty.
Hangover. Usage: “Jeez, I had too many dops last night. I’ve got a hectic babbelas.”
Common word for sneakers.
A drinking session. “Phuza Thursday” is a noble tradition in South Africa. Try to uphold it while you’re here.
Popular term for South Africa. Best describes our country’s gritty energy and loud African spirit.
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Okay. This is a complicated one. An expression of agreement. Or a greeting. Or a way of saying goodbye. Or a way of saying “Okay, sure.” Or a way of … forget it.