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bakgat, adjective, interjection, and adverb

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, ultimate origin unknown; perhaps bak baking + gat hole, the theory being that the best bread was baked by the old method of making a fire in a hole; or perhaps bak fine, ‘A1’ + gat hole, (slang) arse.
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A. adjective Good, excellent, fine, pleasing.
1965 C. Hoogendijk Informant, WelkomHereby enclosed please find the following valuables: 2 Bakgat snaps. Thanks a lot for the photo.
1992 D. Evans in Sunday Times 17 May 26Neither of them have the kind of bakgat confidence you might expect from the top contenders. Both are expecting an epic duel in this year’s up-run.
B. interjection An exclamation of approval, pleasure, etc.
1969 A. Fugard Boesman & Lena 32Boesman’s alright. Two bottles and a pondokkie. Bakgat!
1992 S. Gutknecht in Sunday Times 19 Apr. (Mag. Sect.) 28Entertainer David Kramer thinks bakgat is great. ‘It’s totally expressive,’ he says. ‘It defines a feeling of exhilaration and carries far more weight than a word like amazing.’
C. adverb Well, perfectly.
1990 W. Smith Golden Fox 236‘How is it going, Mick?’ ‘Bak gat, Mr Courtney!’ The driller used a coarse Afrikaans expression of ultimate approbation.
Good, excellent, fine, pleasing.
An exclamation of approval, pleasure, etc.
Well, perfectly.

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