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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.
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.
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.
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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