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(Literally, "Farmers Sausage"). Home > You must suma learn slang! "That wave at Supers was awesome, man!". But also, "let's klap another klippies." (Posse, group of friends) Where's my brasse? (Vomit) See kotch, puke, park a tiger, bark the dog, technicoloured yawn. ", Kap (As in “cup”) A really beaten up old jalopy is called a skedonk. Vrot ('Frort') The … (Doing it) A mutated variant on the Afrikaans word "doen" which means "do" (present tense). See also doob, spleef, neck, bane, slowboat, dagga, doobie, boom, skayf, chellum, pipe, bottle, etc. The former "polite" term, replaced by "Negro," then by "black," now by "African-American." ), Chookie Someone who is dof, is not necessarily that way all the time. (Mean or uncool act) Someone who has done something very undesirable, such as driving over a friend's surfboard or stealing his girl. Carving To swallow, to have a drink. (To arrive) The more old fashioned way of saying "pull in". Chariot A macho rugby playing beer-swilling beefcake, and the antithesis of a bungie, a leftie type often accused of not washing. Grief (Drug merchant) "I am chucking to my mert to score zol." You would be too if your hair stood up like a fizzed furball and your eyes blazed like blinking red beacons. "Ek wil jou naai." However, when a grommet is pissing you off, or keeps dropping in on you, he automatically becomes a kook, or worse. Because it blows for up to a week or more at a time, often at gale-force strength, the wind blows all the pollution away. Hottie Also called the pit. Mostly called "slops", they are what Australians call thongs, or sandals. A mungberry is someone who smokes too much dope. It's another way of describing good surf. (He lost his cool, threw his toys out of the cot, went ballistic or totally crazy) or "That's befuck!" "That ou is a mullet." (Radical, extreme, over the top) "That footage of the oke frying on the electric chair was hectic bru. Someone who can’t surf and gets in everyone’s way. (Stoned) "Jissus, that joint made me so-o-o gaffed ek se. Skyfie ('Skay-fee') (Yuck, man, you just vomited on my wetsuit). 2. Ring, ringpiece Boer In Afrikaans, the word "doening" doesn't exist. Let's kap a tjallie. Snoep Dried, salted snoek can be eaten as is, or served in a stew called "smoor-vis". foot = voet (human), poot (animal) In Durban, you score your dagga in kaartjies. ), Moer ('Moor-r') Amped In those days, you bought "lids" and "cans" not grams or bankies like you do today. The diminutive version is bokkie, referring to a girlfriend or girl. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 18:27, 27 February 2007 (UTC). (Clothes, gear) "Jissus broer, you got lank marcha for the larney kittes ek se." Wrapped in a corn sheath and buried underground for months, the Malawi Cob brings an interesting dimension to the array of smoking possibilities in South Africa. You will also say, "shot" when your bru (mate) buys you a brew (beer). These pages are visible to anyone in the world, including children. Pitchie When the surf is cooking, it’s "going off its face", "firing", "pumping", "cranking", "going off its pip", "kraaking", "sick", "rad", "perfect", "going ballistic", etc. (Afrikaans – “I say”) “I tell you”. (Depart, leave, go, split, waai) "Let's chuck. or "My ballies won't let me go to the jorl.". or a high-class dinner do as in "We went to a larney party that had caviar for pudding. It can also be used as a noun. (Afrikaans – snatch) Take something "I gapsed a piece of bread.". )See skollie, skelm and skate. This is an endearing term that is used by South Africans in just about every social situation. "That session was lej, broer! Marc.viljoen (talk) 11:09, 17 January 2009 (UTC), Deleted -- *bot - boring or lame. You do this by "pulling in" and "getting slotted". "Surfers' Disco was humming last night. Brasse ('Brah-ser') Durban Travel Planning Book Accommodation Latest Flights News Travel Deals Visa Info Multimedia The Mother City Tongue: Cape Town slang 101 Post a comment 0 share: How familiar are you with the vast vernac of the Cape? (Fart) "Sis John! (Fast) That car was really shifting bru. A kook is not necessarily a grommet, although a grommet can be a kook. D. DAGGA (Dugh-ghah) Marijuana, dope, ganga, cannabis. This is durban coloured slang! Bergie (bêr*gee) List of South African Coloured slang words ag man - oh man; ag as the Afrikaans cognate of \"oh\", man pronounced as in English aweh( pronounced AAAH-WHERE - (said in excitement, as in: Aweh my boss said I can go home early today.) (Tube) When you get tubed on a wave, you ride the barrel. "Let's do dis ting.". When the wave breaks at the same time all the way down. while drawing out the last syllable. (Afrikaans - Kick) Can also be used as in "My girlfriend skopped me out for surfing too much.". (Afrikaans – “Hook”) To pester, irritate. (Gee, I'm tired bro) might get this reply, "Ja, I am as well.". The air is beautifully clear and crisp in the wake of a southeaster. (Afrikaans – “not bright”, “dull”) Stupid. Ostrich is very tasty. Rop (Traffic light) Peculiar way of describing a traffic light. (See yissus or Jislaaik). The past tense is "gedoen", which means "done". I am not sleeping with you!". (Afrikaans - Thingamabob, wotzit, whatchamacallit) In any rural town in South Africa, you might overhear the mechanic say to his colleague, "Johannes, pass me the dinges wot you screw on the top of the carburettor. ", What what (shark) See also gerbe and Johnny. From the Afrikaans word los, which means 'lose'. "I smaak Sam stukkend." (Talk, communicate with) It's the correct way to pronounce tune! "I vloeked Harry and he vloeked me back." Cool Gatstad (G*tstut) In other words, wasted or vrot to the point when reality is totally blotted out. "John, you biscuit! Completely stoned. 2. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 17:37, 23 June 2010 (UTC). ", Lightey ('laai-tie') (Afrikaans - Shame, embarassed) "Pieter pulled out his penis in a Pretoria petshop. ", Kittes ('Kittis') "Just a bit of boom, Bernice. I would like to claim this as our own "durban coloured slang" not indian. (Yada yada, blah blah) "That oke tuned me 'what what'. Kêffie, Kuif ('Kayph') Go, or proceed. (Female genitalia) "That woman in the sleazy bar gripped her gwat. The crude, but popular, description of the carnal act. It tastes great when fresh. This does not come from the isiZulu word for nephew. Shark biscuit (Afrikaans – lit. Also ahoy, aweh, yooit, hoesit, yo. "So you're a surfer, hey?" But koppe, while literally being the plural of several heads, also refers to "heads" of dope, the choice bit at the end of each branch of the dagga tree. (Are you looking at me crooked - do you want to fight me?). (Exposed, sticking out like sore thumb, vulnerable) People who smoke too much dope get paranoid. (Can I have a hit, drag, toke on that pipe mate). Soweto Zulu slang: a sociolinguistic study. Pip When it's hot, you spit on one finger (or two) and, with a stylish flourish, you "kap" (hit) the heated area. Sosatie (Very stoned or drunk) "I am s-o-o-o-o worse!". Don't drop in on me again or I'll moer you with a pole." (Get it off for the first time) "John and I gripped last night." Kook Catch a Tan (Cheeky) A stroppy person is difficult, cheeky and likely to back chat. (Vomit, bark the dog, park the tiger, technicoloured yawn), Blaps (Blups) In other words, keep a lookout for the teacher. When there is a break near a wall, pier or jetty. A piece of silver foil from a cigarette box, or the cardboard from the box, that is laid out square, rolled up and bent into a circle. Windmill "I am going on a jol (party)." When you hak someone, you pester them. (Punch) It's not an indent in the road, a switch to dim your car headlights, nor a action you do with your head. (Skew, crooked) Similar to skeef, which also means crooked. Van Der Merwe ), Hose When you get caught. (Cookie, twit) Yes, would you believe. (Make a pipe) Someone telling a friend to make, light and smoke a bottleneck will say, "Kap it bru." ", you are NOT saying "She was charfing only him", or "Only she was charfing him." (Another name for a dagga orifice.) Fluke ('Flook') How would you explain to an American tourist in Cape Town what we mean by "kugel"? That's why lazy English speakers adopted only the 'broo' sound. (Mate, if you look at my mum like that again, I might have to take you out), Connection, conneko, kanoni (That guy's breath stinks mate. Slowboat Braai (as in “High”) also affliated to prison use Is this allowed or what? Page needs to be placed into a watch bin or something and cleaned-up or taken down. Yebo! For those of you who don’t know, Africa Day is the celebration of the day that the precursor to the African Union (Organisation of African Unity) was formed back in 1963. Bakkie (Like “lucky”) Smaak Dorp ('Dorrrp') ", (Expletive) "Flip!" When the surf is incredibly good, a surfer will say the surf is "going off its face!" "Do you want a hap of my biscuit? ", Come short If you see someone of the opposite sex who is good-looking, you can exclaim: "Lekkerrr!" (Afrikaans - Ouch) Widely used. (Afrikaans - Drunk). —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 04:22, 2 March 2008 (UTC). Check out Hagen Engler, the cool PE author with lank to choon about coastal slang. "I got such a rush riding that 15’ barrel at the Crayfish Factory. Carrots (Good surf) Also cooking, firing, going off, going ballistic, smoking. ', Okay, well I guess it could be from both then. Jay Bay His full name is Nelson Rolihlahla (Roli-shla-shla) Mandela. "I will moer you if you take off on my wave.". Lacking in the social graces, "Van" is usually a "plaas japie" (farm boy) from the platteland. This term has been described as illustrating a South African tendency to give light-hearted names to things which can cause stress. (I dropped my pants and exposed my rectal area.) Bane If someone "cooks", they are not a chef, they are a good surfer. "That ou says he can paddle around Seal Island with one leg. Let's take our 6' 6"s and surf 20' Dungeons wearing baggies, no leashes and a decomposing seal on our heads. Madiba (Afrikaans – origin uncertain.) (Dik, big, strong) "That prop forward is a staunch ou." It can be used aggressively. (Afrikaans – lit. Bust (Greeting) "Aweh my bru" (Hello my friend) Also howzit, yooit, hoesit, yo. See also Hacked off. The basic ingredient is salt, and often pepper corns. (Suspicious) "That oke is lank dodgy" (That guy is very suspicious). "ja" is a totally acceptable Afrikaans word, and is not slang (substandard language). Pull an action At the Crayfish Factory on a 12' day, you don’t really want to spend time there. Sick Some Cape Coloured South Africans may code switch,  speaking a patois of Afrikaans and English called Afrikaaps also known as Cape Slang (Capy) or Kombuis Afrikaans, meaning Kitchen Afrikaans. a short distance) A cigarette or a joint, as in "Score me an entjie bru", Ek sê ('Eck sair') Most of the words here are not slang. Where else but in South Africa, where a word can mean a small crunchy cake leavened with baking powder or an insult aimed at a twit or a fool. It can also mean "scoring" with a member of the opposite sex, as in "She pulled into him last night." "That rugby player is lank dik" (That rugby player is especially big), Dinges ('Ding-us') "The surf was doening it. (Indian person) Common in Durban. Kief ('Keef'), keef, kiff Stukkend ('Stuk-int') (Excellent, radical, good) Another example of how humans mutate meaning. A multi-purpose word, pronounced like the ach in German. Comes from the Afrikaans "outjie" (oh-kee) (old guy, old chap). Only Can't even use 'native African' (like the native American model) because that would include the San etc. On the Rooibaard, the sticky heads have red hairs on them. (Hero, good guy, classy oke) Down in the Eastern Cape, when the party is ripping, and everyone starts getting all soppy and sentimental, they might start calling each other "legends". (In a little bit) Universally used in South Africa, it means that the action will get done "eventually", but it might mean "never". an' all – (from 'and all'; like the English 'et cetera, et cetera'). (Afrikaans - Female genitalia) "You are such a doos." Well, that depends on how long we take to finish watching the video and putting on the roofracks). Dunce. Are you with me?) (Watch out mate, that baboon looks like it's going to attack.) Cape Town Slang Explained Calling all bru’s, china’s, boets and visitors of Mzansi! (Also, Me too) A person who says, "Jees, I'm kished bru." "Naught bru! (Bottleneck) The orifice that is used to make a pipe through which dagga is smoked. That's not a lekker way to treat your chinas, especially if they are surf "tjommies". Did you just fart?). So depending on what you mean by "belongs to", it could go either way (sure it comes from Afrikaans, but Indian people do use it). (Wow brah, you have a lot of money to buy fancy clothes hey?). (Get lucky with the opposite sex) "John got off with Jackie in the backseat. If not, use “fucked up”, which is not fixable. The only difference is the consistency of Super Tubes, which ranks as one of the best five waves on Planet Earth. That joke refers to another southern continent. "Don't be a poepol". The clothes can be larney as in "Jees, you are wearing larney clothes." "Chips oke, that malpit's going right through a red robot!". "baas – boss" This is a direct translation. Thank you to those who have made useful contributions. "I'll clean my room just now, Ma." (Child) Derived from "picannin", which appears to originate from Zimbabwe when it was called Rhodesia. Can be used almost affectionately when talking about a roguish friend. The word jol, like the word kief, is a generic South African word. (That was definitely a drop-in) or "That oke is full-on. "When she left me my heart was stukkend" (my heart was smashed tight with despair), "I was stukkend last night" (wrecked) or "I smaak you stukkend" (I dig you lank). (I kid you not) "Strue's Bob. Dwaal ('Dwarl') (Go to the toilet to defecate), Hap ('Hup') Another way of pulling into a tube. South African Slang South Africa English Researching Grokking the kluge – ? (Diminutive of “boy”, having used the Afrikaans method to indicate “small”) Macho types or rugger buggers call their mates this, particularly if their friend is a man’s man. Has become a general word to indicate good vibes, agreement, and positive associations. Going, then, by the language I have heard spoken about me in many years of living in Cape Town, where Sea Point is universally regarded as Kugel Central, I don't accept that "kugel" currently carries the connotation of "being common but trying too hard to be appear wealthy and sophisticated and overdoing it". Stoked! Rather it's pronounced like "mun" A tragic event a couple of years ago saw 700 tons of Kreef washed up along the West Coast of South Africa after the water became de-oxygenated from red tide. Kiff! See also dagga noun 2 sense 1 , Tegwini . This word is also used to describe car tires. You make a braai with wood in a metal drum or between bricks. Tjommie (“chômmy”) (Hot dry wind that blows from the land to the sea. (Paralytic drunk or totally high) "I was completely wasted at the party". Span You also say "I was just charfing you." Now you can break it off to the admiring looks of your fellow "rookers" (smokers). (Place of work) "Where do you graft?" Know any other strange/odd/cool Durban slang? As in, yus that cab is sick/maadhir! Knyp ('Ker-nape') Going Ballistic "It was going off. (Got me interested) My china dialled me into your website and I had a lekker lag at all the kak you are tuning. for it is such a commonly used word. (Surf trip) "I went on a surfari to Indo. "What's in your bag bokkie?" Shorebreak (Expression of sympathy) "These piles are lank sore." Some still do, in bushes or caves. The proper slops are made from rubber and have a strap between your big toe and its partner. They are all poets loving the languages and slang of our wonderful country South Africa. (Afrikaans – “Tree”, “dope”) Difficult to explain the translation – it is not as in “doom” – the “oo” sound opens up towards the end, to form the “um” sound. (Mosquito) "That mozzie is powered by a lawnmower engine.". Shame! (Surf brother, associate, peer, colleague, friend in liquid solidarity) In fact, anyone on this planet. (My friend and I went for a walk to talk about the great words we found on this website. If you get shacked off your pip, you get barrelled off your nut. If this was the question: "Did you check Occy pull off that insane move at Boneyards?" "Axel was charfing that chick lank hey?" (A drink, refreshment) "Hey brah, I'm lank thirsty, lets grab a wettie.". If in the wrong hands, they can also wreak havoc in the water. When French Fries are thick and long and don’t go crispy in the oil. (Watch out Ray, that crook is sizing up your car. Bompie - A fat girl that is easy to get into bed. Dodgy, dodge Another potent cannabis vintage, from Swaziland. If someone says he will do it "just now", be warned. Kwaai See Lusisikiki Lime Greens. It is pronounced "snook", as in "look". Another meaning is to "bust" a pipe, ie, be the first to smoke the pipe. Wasted Also skate, skebenga and skelm. Transkei Gold Zonked A scrawny ou in the pub is stroppy in the seconds before a dik ou (big beefy guy) flattens him with a fist. 3. (Makes you totally wasted). (Afrikaans – porridge) Boiled corn meal. ), Goofed (Afrikaans – lit. The person closer to the white water has right of way, so this is a no-no. 1. Yada yada (Afrikaans – lit. Mfusi, M.J.H. "Some weird old ballie lives in that cave." You seem them huddled in corners at night, wrapped in a blanket, wrapped around a bottle of booze. Possibly from Afrikaans “lam” – to be paralysed. Score (Do you want sleep at my place?). Sometimes, if you have got some kreef (crayfish), you will have a crayfish braai. This often precedes a brawl or a "barnie". The famous South African greeting. and sometimes for all Englih speakers by Afrikaans speakers. Dork You can have a lekker time. (Afrikaans – Thick, beefy, big, full) A person can be dik or you can get dik after a big meal. (Greeting) "Ahoy!" Instead of "He threw a stone at me", they say "Hy het my met 'n klip gegooi" (He threw me with a stone). —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Igitur za (talk • contribs) 18:50, 27 February 2007 (UTC). (From Afrikaans “Tjoekie” - Jail) I was chucked in the chookie for chooning that chick who turned out to be a cop. Like the all-encompassing "nice", used by semi-literate English speakers the world over, it can be used in any context, and is a convenient way to express a limited vocabulary. Rugger Bugger (Joint) As a reaction against all the 'get high quick' schemes, designer drugs, buttons, bottlenecks and nasty chemicals that go straight to your head, the purist head parks off, chills out and rolls a nice, slow burning doobie. Trouble is, his enemy is getting the best waves of his life. (Spliff, to smoke, a piece of something, a French Fry) "Let's make a skyf" refers to the first. South Africa Flag. You also get Rooibaard (Red Beard), Durban Poison, Swazi Gold and Malawi Cob. ", Puts on A small amount of dope, usually wrapped in brown school book wrapping paper. Not weird, just different.
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