Thursday, June 10, 2010

South African Slang

The Johannesburg Star newspaper had an interesting article: "Guide To Local Lingo To Enliven Stay." Not exactly the New York Post when it comes to headlines, but whatever. Here's some of my favorites from their list.

Howzit: A universal greeting. For "How's it going?".

Bru: Abbreviation of "brother". As in "Howzit bru?".

Yebo: The Zulu word for yes.

Sharp: A sign-off signaling an agreement as well as farewell. Often said twice.

Ag Shame: An expression of sympathy or annoyance.

Eish!: An exclamation expressing annoyance.

Lekker: An Afrikaans word that means superb or fantastic.

Jozi: Johanessburg. Also known as Joburg.

Robot: A traffic light.

- Posted from my Jesus Pad

Location:Up In A Plane


  1. Have a great time Drew. Would you consider a DCS or WL reunion show anytime soon?

  2. Brazilian refs learn English swear words for match Saturday! Hey, all the Brazilians I know have their swearing down pat in multiple languages:

  3. "Howzit" is also common among locals in Hawai'i. Same meaning. FYI :)


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