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alternative, adjective

Forms:
Also with initial capital.
Origin:
EnglishShow more Special sense derived from general English alternative ‘purporting to represent a preferable or equally acceptable alternative to that in general use or sanctioned by the establishment’ (OED).
In the noun phrases alternative Afrikaans, alternative Afrikaner, alternative Afrikanerdom: of or pertaining to a way of life opposed to the perceived traditional values of Afrikaans society, especially regarding apartheid attitudes and policies.
1988 K. De Boer in Frontline Apr.May 34The last year or so the whole movement towards Alternative Afrikaans has gained momentum, an exciting baken in the life of a language that is the home language of millions, of which more than half is not classified as white.
1990 B. Ronge in Sunday Times 16 Dec. (Mag. Sect.) 6Will the boere-yuppies of tomorrow be hanging the hats and veldskoens of Johannes Kerkorrel or Joos Tonteldoos and other ‘alternative Afrikaner’ icons on the walls?
of or pertaining to a way of life opposed to the perceived traditional values of Afrikaans society, especially regarding apartheid attitudes and policies.
Derivatives:
Hence alternative noun, an Afrikaner open to new ways of thinking and living. See also New Afrikaner (Afrikaner noun sense 2 b).
1989 Style Feb. 38I discover that even Alternatives grow up with a feeling of always having to compete with the English. ‘You have to show them,’ is an expression I become familiar with.

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