Af, noun

/æf/
Forms:
Also with small initial.
Origin:
Abbreviation of African noun1 sense 1.
derogatory, offensive
1. A demeaning term for a black person.
1976 J.F. Burns in New York Times 22 June 13A common feature of the conversation with the whites was the use of pejoratives to refer to blacks...In English-speaking households, the words ‘natives’, or ‘Afs’ were common.
1990 R. Malan My Traitor’s Heart 41In my teens, everyone knew that all ‘Afs’ smoked dope.
2. combination, nonce
Aftax [blend of Af and English taxi], a derogatory term for a black-owned taxi of a particular type.
Note:
A perceived euphemism for the offensive term kaffir-taxi (see kaffir noun sense 2 e).
1983 T. McAllen Kyk DaarIn order to qualify for the label Aftax the vehicle has to be of original American manufacture and at least twenty years old...To own an Aftax carries status and wealth. To drive it requires courage and fortitude, second to none.
A demeaning term for a black person.
a derogatory term for a black-owned taxi of a particular type.

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