brei, noun

Forms:
bray, breyShow more Also bray, brey, bry.
Origin:
See brei verb2.
A guttural ‘r’ in speech (as in French), common especially in the Malmesbury district of the Western Cape.
Note:
The normal South African English pronunciation is /breɪ/; /bʁeɪ/ is used in imitation of the sound made by those who brei.
1957 L.G. Green Beyond City Lights 166People of the Western Province wheat belt have an unmistakeable bry, a rolling of the letter ‘r’...I am told that this bry is a Huguenot legacy.
1990 R. Malan My Traitor’s Heart 25Ben’s speech was haunted by the brei — a roll of the r that harked back to French, a language unspoken in South Africa for almost two centuries.
A guttural ‘r’ in speech (as in French), common especially in the Malmesbury district of the Western Cape.

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