Also babi-shop, bobby-shop, and with initial capital.
Hindi, EnglishShow more Etymology unknown; perhaps adaptation of Hindi babu clerk + English shop.
An offensive name for an Indian trader’s store or business.
1976H. Lawrence inSunday Times 21 Nov. (Extra) 2Indian businessmen in Cape Town are up in arms...In his interview, Mr M— used the term ‘babbie-shop’ which is regarded by Indian people in the same manner as Coloured people regard the term ‘hotnot’.
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