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bergie, noun

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Also with initial capital.
Origin:
English, AfrikaansShow more berg + English suffix -ie, denoting an inhabitant of a place; or formed in Afrikaans, berg mountain + -ie.
colloquial
1. (obsolete) berg canary, see berg sense 1 b ii.
1923 Haagner & Ivy Sketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 146Another good little songster is the Yellow-rumped Seed-eater (or ‘Black-throated’, as it is usually called — S. Angolensis)..exceedingly common in the Brandfort and Kroonstad Districts, Orange Free State, and Pretoria District, Transvaal, in which latter locality it is known as the ‘Bergie’.
2. In the Western Cape: a vagrant living on the mountain slopes above Cape Town; any vagrant. Cf. outie.
1952 Drum Feb. 8The ‘Bergies’ who live on the slopes of Devil’s Peak..are in a class by themselves.
1990 Weekend Post 3 Feb. (Leisure) 4Bergies of all colours..zigzag across the road.
berg canary, see berg1 b ii.
a vagrant living on the mountain slopes above Cape Town; any vagrant.

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