South Africanism, noun phrase

Origin:
EnglishShow more South African adjectival phrase + English noun-forming suffix -ism.
1. A linguistic feature typical of, or particular to, South Africa; see quotation 1989. Cf. Afrikanerism sense 3.
1896 S. Cumberland What I Think of S. Afr. 39They — to use a South Africanism — were high old times for those with luck as well as those with enterprise.
1972 Daily Dispatch 14 Feb. 9Some may find themselves adding more colourful South Africanisms to their glossary such as ‘Kaffirs,’ ‘coolies’ or ‘coon’.
1973 Cape Times 19 June 12An astonished visitor..wrote..describing her first collision with what, as far as I know, is a South Africanism, the unorthodox use of the exclamation ‘Shame!’
1979 Voice 17 June 11Fatima Dike..lards her text with South Africanism [sic] effectively — that is, using several languages.
1980 E. Prov. Herald 16 Sept. 11Multilingual South Africanisms like ‘ag’ and ‘doek’, ‘muti’ and ‘kwedine’.
1989 D. Gold in Dictionaries (Dict. Soc. of N. Amer.) No.11, 242A South Africanism could be defined as..a usage which arose in South African English (and not in any other variety of English).
1992 S. Gutknecht Sunday Times 19 Apr. (Mag. Sect.) 28The search is on for more typical South Africanisms to join the ranks of indigenous words and phrases in common use throughout the English-speaking world.
1994 [see man int.].
2. A distinctively South African quality; over-arching and inclusive ‘South Africanness’; a broad patriotism or sense of belonging to South African society.
1955 T.B. Davie Educ. & Race Rel. 30The early stages of a restored South Africanism having been prepared in the infant and primary schools and carried forward into the high schools, what can be done to further this aim at the university level?
1963 K. Mackenzie Dragon to Kill 71His father, coming out from England in 1932, had taken to South Africanism with the enthusiasm of a convert and had swiftly learnt enough Afrikaans to speak it insultingly badly.
1970 Cape Times 27 MayIt is this latter quality which Professor Haarhoff sees as the foundation of Smuts’s belief in a bilingual South Africanism.
1972 Sunday Times 21 May 31Recent surveys done by a newspaper among Stellenbosch students on the issue of South Africanism. These revealed that young Afrikaners, by a large majority, regarded themselves as South Africans first.
1973 Evening Post 1 Dec. 11He takes a strictly neutral line, and his compassion, warmth and broad South Africanism are an example to all of us.
1988 E. Vosloo in Femina May 143A broader South Africanism was emerging in which a Xhosa said with as much pride as an Afrikaner or and English-speaker: ‘I’m a South African.’
1990 J. Reddy Varsity Voice Apr. 3Broad South Africanism implies, firstly, a recognition that there are differences in cultures, and secondly, that there is a common loyalty to the country.
1990 E. Prov. Herald 17 Aug. 6This is the time for political leaders to show true South Africanism and persuade those warring elements to make their peace and help forge a united nation.
1993 H. Tyson Editors under Fire 11Those newspapers which supported a ‘broad South Africanism’ were attacked from both sides — from the reactionary government for being unpatriotic, and from the radicals for supporting ‘The System’.
A linguistic feature typical of, or particular to, South Africa; see quotation 1989.
A distinctively South African quality; over-arching and inclusive ‘South Africanness’; a broad patriotism or sense of belonging to South African society.
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