α.alamagtig, allamagShow more alamagtig, allamag, allamaghtag, allamagtag, alle maaghte, allemag, allemaghte, allemagtie, allemagtig; β.alamachtig, allamachShow more alamachtig, allamach, allamachta, allamachtag, allamachte, allamachtig, allemach, allemacht, allemachtag, allemachte, allemachter, allemachtig, almachte, almachtig; γ.alamatjes, alla mopsticksShow more (Euphemisms) alamatjes, alla mopsticks, alle maskas, allemastig. Also with initial capital.
Afrikaans, Dutch, Show more Afrikaans allemagtig, allamagtig, earlier Dutch allamachtig, alla oh + magtig mighty; or Afrikaans almagtig, earlier Dutch almachtig almighty.
An exclamation of surprise, alarm, horror, or reproach, equivalent to ‘good Lord’.Cf. allewereld, magtig.
Often used by writers to suggest Afrikaans dialogue.
1837J.E. AlexanderNarr. of Voy.II. 70An old Hottentot sat down..and swore with a round oath (almagtig) that he would not go back.
1880E.F. SandemanEight Months in Ox-Waggon 361The meeting listened..to the explanations, but with many a muttered ‘Almachte’, and occasional nods and winks of disbelief.
1908S. Black inS. GrayThree Plays (1984) 112Lady M: Go and tell Sophie to stop that gramophone. Frikkie (alarmed): O-o-o allamach, if I tell her that...
1910J. RuncieIdylls by Two Oceans 50They would not let him pluck the birds himself. Allemachtig! Certainly not.
1911L. CohenReminisc. of Kimberley 325‘Alamachtig’, ejaculated poor Leroux, opening his mouth and eyes to their fullest extent, and wishing himself dead.
1924L. CohenReminisc. of Jhb. 167‘Sir Drummond has had his digit shot off.’ ‘Alamachtig!’ sighed the Boeress, to whom the strange word signified something more serious than a finger, ‘I do feel so sorry for his poor wife.’
1935P. SmithPlatkops Children 67‘Allamachta!’ ‘Tisje said, ‘If it isn’ Bram Laata! Grayshus sake! Get into bed!’
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 26Alamagtig, (D. almachtig, almighty.) A common expletive. Alamatjes, Alamastig, Alamopsticks, are forms of the word employed by those who have scruples about using the word Almagtig, and salve their consciences by these variations.
1920R.Y. StormbergMrs Pieter de Bruyn 49He is mildly incredulous, and says something like ‘Alla Mopsticks — what genius is he, pray?’
1937C.R. PranceTante Rebella’s Saga 171A London couple..insisted on paying a shilling each to wash simultaneously in separate baths! Allemastig! Why two shillings for man and wife, when they could quite modestly have shared a bath at sixpence each?
1944C.R. PranceUnder Blue Roof 141Electric cookery! Allemastig! It is an uncanny thought savouring almost of ungodliness, with the possibility of electric shock in punishment.
1970N. ConwayInformant, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)Alle maskas for Alle Magtig.
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