The A-Z on speaking SAFFA

Not only are we a Rainbow Nation but we also have our own unique Rainbow Lingo.  We had some fun at the office putting the  A – Z on speaking SAFFA together.

 

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AweA form of greeting (similar to Howzit) “Awe, Ma se kinders.”

AgAn expression of irritaton “Ag, I am so bleak that Bafana Bafana lost again.”

 

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Braai –  More commonly known as a barbecue/barbeque.  The art of cooking meat on an open fire

BliksemTo hit someone

Bakkie –  A small truck or small plastic (tupperware) container

Boet / bruAffectionate term for a friend/mate

Biltongdried meat (also known as jerky)

 

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China/Cine/Chommaa friend/mate

ChakalakaSpicy relish normally put over pap

a Checkers – a plastic carrier bag

 

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Dop – Alcohol or drink “Howzit my bru, let’s go for a dop.”

DosA snooze, a sleep, a nap

 

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EishThis is a very versatile word, can used when happy, sad or irritated (similar to jislaaik). Works well to always start a sentence with it “Eish! Can’t believe Parnell dropped that catch.”

 

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FrikkadelTypical South African meatball

 

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GeesSpirit, energy, vibe

GatvolHad enough

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HowzitStandard South African greeting.  Works really nicely by following it with other SAFFA words like: boet, china, chomma, okes

 

downloadIsitThe same as “is that so?” but South African.

 

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JaYES. You will go far to find a SAFFA who doesn’t say JA

Jislaaik – This is a very versatile word, can used when happy, sad or irritated (similar to Eish). Works well to always start a sentence with it “Jislaaik, did you see that kiff try Burger scored?”

Just now – This refers to something that will happen soon, usually within a few minutes but also within in a couple of hours (same as “now now”).

 

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Kiff/KiefExpression of approval (similar to Lekker).  “That was a kiff surf I just had my bru.”

KlippiesThis is short for Klipdrift which is a popular brand of Brandy.  Klippies and coke is a very popular drink in SA.  Klippies goes hand in hand with “braai’.  It is illegal to braai in SA without having Klippies or wors present.

KombiMini bus / people carrier

 

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Lank Lots of/plenty.  “I am lank tired, wish I could have a dos here.”

LekkerThis is a popular one, SA’s best expression of approval (similar to Kiff).  “That was a lekker steak we just did on the braai.”

 

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Madiba – An affectionate name for former President Nelson Mandela, and the name of his clan.

Moegoe Idiot

Miff – Not nice “That milk tastes miff, it must be off.”

Mzansi – Term for our beautiful country

 

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Now NowThis refers to something that will happen soon, usually within a few minutes but also within in a couple of hours (same as “just now”).

 

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Oke/s – A guy or guys. same difference as chomman/china/boet/bru

 

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Papsak – The foil bag inside a box of wine

 

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Quagga – Extinct brownish type zebra

 

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Robots – Traffic light. So when you get given directions in SA and are told to turn left at the robot, don’t look for R2D2, just look for the traffic lights.

 

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Swak – Direct translation is weak.  Used when things don’t go well.  “It is so swak that I failed my test.”

Sharp SharpAnother versatile one.  Can mean hello, good-bye or I agree.

 

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Takkies – Trainers / Sneakers.  “I like to squeak some takkies on the dance floor.”

 

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Ubuntu – Human kindness.  All SAFFA’s like to thing they have the gees of ubuntu in them.

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Vaalies – Term used for people from up North, Gauteng area (the old Transvaal)

VoetsakPolitely put, it means go away.

 

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WorsA savoury sausage that goes well with anything from pap & chakalaka to just as is on the braai. NB!! Just as with Klippies, this is a must have at a typical SAFFA braai.

Wena – this means YOU!

 

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XhosaOne of our 11 official languages

 

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YeboAnother expression for YES!

 

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ZefCommon person, kitsch person

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3 thoughts on “The A-Z on speaking SAFFA

    • love, kids and other things says:

      We had a couple of other choice words added to yours that didn’t make it. The post would have needed a BIG PG rating 🙂

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