bonsella, noun

Forms:
bansela, boncellaShow more Also bansela, boncella, bonsela, bonselah, bonzela, bonzella, pansella, umbhanselo.
Origin:
ZuluShow more From Zulu bansela express thanks in tangible form, or umbanselo a small gift (perhaps from bansa be additional, give + applied form suffix -ela).
1.
a. A gratuity, reward, bonus, or present given in return for some service, for good behaviour, or, less often, in anticipation of these; occasionally, a bribe; basela noun sense 1 b.
1901 A.R.R. Turnbull Tales from Natal 23Instruct one of the inmates to catch us some fish. They know how to do so for a bansela, though they never do so on their own account.
1907 J.P. Fitzpatrick Jock of Bushveld 207Few drivers could have handled so top-heavy a load without capsizing — he had received a bansela for his skill.
1908 D. Blackburn Leaven 56He..gladly yielded to their demand for a handful of sugar as a ‘bonsella’ for having carried out an instalment of their compact.
1911 Blackburn & Caddell Secret Service 50There is..one form of active service which the ‘illicit’ expects from the recipients of his bonsellas: a sharp look out for poachers.
1948 O. Walker Kaffirs Are Lively 35Very occasionally he would allow a tribesman to keep a few shillings as a bonsella, or bonus.
1954 K. Cowin Bushveld, Bananas & Bounty 175It had been his custom to give his boy Mafuta (Fat One) a boncella of 2s. 6d. every time he sold a given number of day-old chicks.
1970 M. Dikobe Marabi Dance. 99This missus made me wash everything in the house...Here is an old shirt she gave me for bansela — gift.
1979 J. Gratus Jo’burgers 164‘Give you a few little buttons as bonselah, nè?’ Harry denied that anyone gave him any bonus to do or not to do anything.
1980 Het Suid-Western 18 JuneHe invited her to take a picture of him giving a ‘bonsella’ to a ‘very decent’ maid-servant who had completed a year’s domestic service.
1985 Sunday Times 15 Sept. (Mag. Sect.) 8A small bonsela of 50 000 dollars, which went with Pia’s request that Pope John Paul II christen her bundle of joy,..didn’t have the desired effect.
1986 Drum Mar. 19The other reason the people..are up in arms, is that they see the move as a sort of bonsella for KwaNdebele for having accepted independence.
b. A present requested and given as a gesture of friendliness or good will; basela noun sense 1 a.
1920 R.Y. Stormberg Mrs Pieter de Bruyn 62The natives of Nooitgedacht are amiably putting themselves in my way for a bonsella.
2. figurative. ‘Something for nothing’: a stroke of luck; something over and above what was expected, needed, or due; basela noun sense 2.
1947 C.R. Prance Antic Mem. 5We had for long eked-out bully beef with skinny captured sheep as a ‘bonsella’ from a kindly Providence.
1971 Sunday Times 27 June 2Because Africans contribute less than one per cent of the total income tax now paid, they did not qualify for a single M.P. Thus, written into the constitution, was a ‘bonsella’ of an initial 16 African M.P.s.
1972 C. Fortune on Radio South Africa 18 Mar.That’s a bonsella for Natal, isn’t it — they get one for the shot and 4 because a no-ball was bowled.
1978 Weekend Argus 16 Sept. 1Big-fight fans get a bare-breasted bonsella...An unscheduled striptease brought fans to their feet between preliminary bouts last night.
1982 Drum Nov. 21As icing on the cake, he also gets a tax-free allowance of R4 830, a free or subsidised house and one to two snazzy cars as bonsella.
1991 Sunday Times 3 Feb. 3Crossword bonsella for nine. Nine lucky readers can splash out this weekend after winning R445 each in consolation prizes.
3. A small extra (usually sweets) thrown in by a shopkeeper as a mark of good will, or as an incentive to future trade; basela noun sense 3. Also attributive.
1954 P. Abrahams Tell Freedom 67My favourite buy was a pennyworth of coconut icing and a pennyworth of bread. I usually got a handful of roasted peanuts as bonsella. Without the bonsella, the ‘come again’ token, no little boy would shop at the same place twice.
1963 M. Kavanagh We Merry Peasants 68They were only the ‘bonsella’ sweets. Every Black customer expected a couple or more as a ‘bonsella,’ a give-away or discount on the newspaper twist of sugar he or she had bought.
1966 L.G. Berger Where’s Madam 7The soft-eyed piccanins of four or five years old..with a silver tickey in their pink palms, ask for ‘six beeg peaches, missus and a bonsella’ — the free one being quickly eaten.
1970 C.B. Wood Informant, JohannesburgGive me some ‘lekkers’ (sweets) as a ‘bonzela’ (free gift).
1981 C. Barnard in Daily Dispatch 16 Nov. 8The housewives would come out to haggle over the fish and, if they bought enough, might be given a ready-cooked kreef as a bonsella.
A gratuity, reward, bonus, or present given in return for some service, for good behaviour, or, less often, in anticipation of these; occasionally, a bribe; baselanoun1 b.
A present requested and given as a gesture of friendliness or good will; baselanoun1 a.
‘Something for nothing’: a stroke of luck; something over and above what was expected, needed, or due; baselanoun2.
A small extra (usually sweets) thrown in by a shopkeeper as a mark of good will, or as an incentive to future trade; baselanoun3. Also attributive.
Derivatives:
Hence bonsella adverb, basela adverb (see basela noun).
1983 Pace Dec. 119‘We do not issue any certificates bonzella,’ said Mr Stander. ‘Every man who goes through this training must deserve his certificate.’

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