bocchom, interjection

Forms:
baugh-um, bochomShow more Also baugh-um, bochom, boor-hoom, borchem.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Englished form of Afrikaans bô-gom, which is echoic in origin.
A word used in imitation of the bark of a baboon.
1904 Argus Christmas Annual (Orange River Col. Sect.) 13Baboons barked at him from the heights. ‘Baugh-baugh-baugh-um.’ They barked incessantly.
1925 K. Fairbridge in F.C. Slater Centenary Bk of S. Afr. Verse 70He (sc. the baboon), a patient sentinel, Shouts ‘Boor-hoom!’ to th’ offended sky To show that all is well.
A word used in imitation of the bark of a baboon.
Derivatives:
Hence bocchom intransitive verb, (of a baboon) to bark; bocchom noun, the bark of a baboon or an imitation of this bark.
1922 S.C. Cronwright-Schreiner in F.C. Slater Centenary Bk of S. Afr. Verse (1925) 62Let the whip with its lightning crack Startle the buck from its lair in the kloof, while the baboons ‘borchem’ back!
1994 R. Miljo on TV1, 30 Oct. (50/50)Come on, Damien, give us your best bochom.

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