bo-, prefix

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SothoShow more Sotho plural marker before names and kinship terms.
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Used in urban (especially township) English before names, to mean ‘and co.’, ‘the likes of’, ‘et al.’.
[1962 W.S. Manqupu in Star 22 Feb. 14The lorry used as a pick-up van is called the ‘Khwela-Khwela,’ as the police call out ‘Khwela, bo, khwela!’ (‘Ride, man, ride!’)]
1988 Learn & Teach 19Nomsa also worried about the fines taxi drivers get from the ‘bo-Chacklas’ or the traffic cops, as they are called.
1989 Pace Dec. 4The pamphlet..adds that the leadership position is for the learned and not for bo ‘Dom Jan’ and bo ‘Ja Baas’.
1990 City Press 11 Mar. 7Bo-Tat’u-Mandela, Tat’uSisulu etc.
1990 O. Musi in City Press 20 May 9The famed St Peter’s School in Rosettenville..has produced the likes of yours truly and a host of lawyers, doctors and music giants such as bo Hugh Masekela.
Used in urban (especially township) English before names, to mean ‘and co.’, ‘the likes of’, ‘et al.’.

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