DSAE test file

boy, noun

1. offensive. [Transferred use of general English boy a male servant.]
a. An insulting term for a black African male, used irrespective of his age, occupation, or social position; also used as a term of address; boykie sense 2; Native boy, see Native noun sense 1 c. Cf. girl sense a, jong noun sense 2 a, umfaan sense 2.
1812 A. Plumptre tr. of H. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. (1928) I. 118A Hottentot..expects to be called by his name if addressed by any one who knows it; and by those to whom it is not known he expects to be called Hottentot (which he pronounces Hotnot) or boy.
1992 Weekly Mail 24 Apr. 32Some of the correspondents who helped him with bursaries referred to him as a ‘boy’...‘That was a different era...Sometimes we had to live with the term in order to survive.’
b. With distinguishing epithet indicating the occupation of the person so designated:
bed-boy, bedding-boy, a bedding attendant on a train;
boss-boy, see as a main entry;
bucket-boy, one who removes night soil (see also bucket system);
dagha-boy, also daka-boy, a man employed to mix cement or concrete (see dagha noun sense a);
delivery-boy, a man delivering goods to customers on a bicycle or motor-cycle;
flat-boy, a male domestic servant usually employed to clean in an apartment block;
house-boy, a male domestic servant;
ice-cream boy, a man selling ice-creams from a small cart (usually mounted on a bicyle);
kitchen-boy, a kitchen labourer, usually in a hotel or other institution;
mine-boy, a labourer on a mine;
Also cook-boy, garden boy, office-boy, tea-boy, watchboy, yard-boy, etc. Cf. location boy (see location sense 3 c), medicine boy (see medicine sense 2).
1952 Rand Daily Mail 24 May 5From the Coloured ‘bedding boy’ to the ticket examiner they couldn’t be nicer.
1956yard-boy: [see quot. at office-boy above].
c. combinations
boy’s meat, also boys’ meat, cheap cuts of meat bought for black servants or employees ;
maid’s meat, see maid sense 2 .
Cf. dog’s meat.
1936 M. Higham Hsehold Cookery (1941) 56Leg, or Veiny Piece: Used for soups and stews. Frequently sold to Kaffirs as ‘Boys’ Meat’.
1989 J. Hobbs Thoughts in Makeshift Mortuary 83She was overweight, of course; ate too much putu and the cheap fatty meat you people so picturesquely call ‘boy’s meat’.
2. Always in the plural, the boys:
a. rare. [Special sense of general English the boys a group of criminals.] A collective name for ‘tsotsis’ (see tsotsi sense 1).
1956 [see taal sense 1 b].
b. Soldiers collectively, especially guerillas fighting for a black resistance movement.
1978 Voice 16 Dec. 10People in the rural areas say that they have been instructed by the ‘boys’ (guerillas) to refrain from voting or risk certain death.
1982 J. Frederikse None but Ourselves 60In 1976 the boys came from the south...They said, ‘Do you know us?’ And I said ‘I just heard that there were boys around.’ Then they said, ‘We are the boys, we are the comrades, we have come to struggle together with you.’
c. In the n. phr. boys on the border: soldiers involved in conflict on South Africa’s borders. See also Border sense 3.
1982 Sunday Times 25 July 28When some blacks talk about ‘our boys on the border’, they are more than likely referring to the ANC’s Umkhonto We Sizwe or Swapo’s guerrillas.
1987 H. Prendini in Style Feb. 35Live audiences have included boys on the border, the disabled, the Vroue Landbou Vereeniging and the cattle farmers at Senekal’s Dairy Festival.
An insulting term for a black African male, used irrespective of his age, occupation, or social position; also used as a term of address; boykie2; Native boy, see Nativenoun1 c.
, cheap cuts of meat bought for black servants or employees
maid’s meat, see maid2
A collective name for ‘tsotsis’ (see tsotsi1).
Soldiers collectively, especially guerillas fighting for a black resistance movement.
soldiers involved in conflict on South Africa’s borders.
Derivatives:
Hence (sense 1) boy transitive verb nonce, usually passive : to be addressed as boy.
1965 E. Mphahlele Down Second Ave 152I was ‘Jimmed’ and ‘boy-ed’ and ‘John-ed’ by whites.