seTswanaShow more Abbreviation of seTswana BophuthaTswana this ‘homeland’, literally ‘gathering of the Tswana’, bo- denoting progression + -phutha gather together, collect + Tswana (see Tswana).
1.colloquial.The former Republic of Bophuthatswana, a ‘homeland’ with territories in both the Orange Free State and the Transvaal; the government of Bophuthatswana;cf. Tswanaland (see Tswana sense 2 b). Also attributive. See also homeland.
1982Pace Nov. 47No members of the United Nations, except South Africa, recognises BophphphphphuthaTswana [sic]...Bop had adopted the attitude that as long as they recognise themselves as a country and a nation, they couldn’t care a hoot for world recognition.
1987Financial Mail 22 May 40Bophuthatswana..is blocking Tswanas from obtaining the new South African identity document by instructing them to first renounce their Bop citizenship.
1988S. Molakeng inFrontline Apr.–May 20Bophuthatswana has run ten years as an independent sovereign state...Some people who reject it out of hand, have come up with a sweet abbreviation for it. They call it ‘Bop’...There is a hell of resentment towards Bop.
1990Sunday Star 11 Mar. 14Most of Bop’s unrest of recent years has stemmed from attempts to incorporate further segments of territory into its jigsaw borders.
1990Weekend Post 29 Sept. 8The ANC still saw Bop as ‘a bastard child of apartheid’ and insisted on its reincorporation.
2. Used attributively in the special collocations Bop Air, Bop Radio, Bop TV: Bophuthatswana’s national airline, radio service, and television service.
1984Frontline May 38Koos, we all ought to be very proud of Bop TV, because it shows once again how South Africa is way ahead of the world. Who else has ever come up with a TV Station which only ouens of one race are meant to see?
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