Dictionary of South African English

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1887 S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 140 There are some fruits which have not as yet got names from any of the languages of Europe. One of these is the Kukamakranka; it is the Gethillis spirilis.

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World Englishes Spotlight

Did you know that depending on where you are in the English-speaking world, the bundu, a distant or wilderness region, is also referred to as the wilds (British English), the outback (Australian English) and the boonies or boondocks (American English)?

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Origin Focus

Approximately 18% of the words recorded in this dictionary, including commonly used South African English words such as donga, lapa, fundi and doedoe, have been ‘borrowed’ from our indigenous African languages. Follow the Origin link at each entry to find related words.