1951A. O’Dowd inB. SachsHerman Charles Bosman (1971) 154An aged, respectful voice sounded over Paul’s shoulder. ‘Hau! My basie, why you shoot little piccanin?’
1953P. LanhamBlanket Boy’s Moon 254Should the Police, or the Customs Guards come knocking on the lavatory door, call out with confidence, ‘Coming, my Baasie’.
1954H. Nxumalo inJ. Crwys-WilliamsS. Afr. Despatches (1989) 314He asked for my address and tribe. He then recited something very long to the white official who was writing in a big book opposite him...The only words I recognised..were my first name and ‘five foot, baasie’.
1958S. CloeteMask 91You, young baasie, are like the tree. So will you live, with many resting under the shadows of your branches in old age.
1960J. CopeTame Ox 23‘Have you ever in your life seen a crack in the sky, Outa Flip?’ he asked his companion. Without thinking, the old coloured man answered: ‘Ja, my basie.’
1960J. CopeTame Ox 27To them, the child was ‘Basie’ — the little Baas. They touched their foreheads to him; as servants they recognised his destiny.
1964V. PohlDawn & After 77As I was leaving the house, old January said to me, ‘Basie, you had better leave the gun at home, the scouts are about and may shoot you if they find you are armed’.
c1964B. Rose inNew S. Afr. WritingNo.1, 65Baasie, spare a penny, Spare a penny for our kwela As we dance upon the pavement.
1978Sunday Times 5 Nov. (Mag. Sect.) 5A black beggar sidled up to me and said: ‘My basie, can you give me 20 cents for a loaf of bread?’
1979M. MatshobaCall Me Not a Man 72A youth in ‘Lee’ denim overalls, checkered shirt and perched white ‘sporty’ sun hat was teasing the whites: ‘Hey, baasie!’ Some of the stone faces showed signs of response.
1982E. Prov. Herald 20 Sept. 8Any farm child knows the subtle difference between baas and basie. Many a farmer’s son worked hard to rid himself of the title of basie, often used to address him until well into middle age or perhaps until the ‘oubaas’, the farmer, died.
1985P. SlabolepszySat. Night at Palace 45September (to Vince): Please, baas. I get into very big trouble. (Turning to Forsie, the submissive approach) Asseblief, my basie. I must lock up here.
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