JOHANNESBURG - Few things slide of the tongue as easily and comfortably as your mother tongue.
In South Africa, which can safely be described as a hodge-podge of cultural and linguistic influences, so-called Southafricanisms have become as reliable a fall-back as more linguistically pure mother-tongues and sometimes, nothing else can say it as well.
On Monday, the Pan South African Language Board announced the 2017 word of the year, but Twitter has a few additional suggestions...
When a beautiful man opens his mouth and says "jaaslaik it bru " as only a vaalie can #SouthAfricanisms— Kirsty Blair (@kirstblair) September 19, 2017
Consciously having to prevent myself from using the word "naartjie" when referring to the fruit in the States. Struggles. #SouthAfricanisms— Bernd Fischer (@Bernd_Fischer) January 12, 2015
#southafricanisms I don't do:— Yuveshni Konar® (@ykdesignsonline) January 18, 2017
- use 'hey' at the end of a sentence.
- overuse 'shame' / 'shame that's nice'
Both so annoying --