Boerematriek, noun

Forms:
Also with small initial.
Origin:
Afrikaans, EnglishShow more Afrikaans, boere see boere + matriek abbreviation matrikulasie, from English matriculation.
jocular
A nickname for confirmation in the Dutch Reformed churches; Boer Matriculation. Also attributive.
1922 M.E. Martinius Sketch of Dev. of Rural Educ. 1652–1910 (pamphlet) 51Church membership was regarded by many farmers as the consummation of learning, and hence came to be termed jocularly ‘boerematriek’.
1970 H.M. Musmeci Informant, Port ElizabethI attended a boerematriek ceremony in church yesterday, during which my son was confirmed.
1973 A. Coetzee in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. IX. 286In days gone by..the whole spiritual development of the child was directed towards attaining full membership of the Church, and confirmation was considered as the attainment of both full adulthood and full responsibility in the community. So much value was attached to this that confirmation is still jocularly referred to as ‘Boerematriek’.
1981 S. Afr. Panorama Mar. 34Religious and educational instruction went hand in hand, for to be confirmed children had to have mastered the process of learning. Without boerematriek (farmer’s matric) one was not a full-fledged member of the community.
A nickname for confirmation in the Dutch Reformed churches; Boer Matriculation. Also attributive.

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