Origin


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dubbeltje, noun2 . . . Origin: Dutch, literally ‘little double one’
sjambok, noun .. . Origin: South African Dutch tjambok, sambok, sjambok from Malay tjambok, samboq, adaptation of Urdu chabuk horsewhip
matric, noun . . . Origin: Shortened form of matriculation

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