ek sê, interjectional phrase

Forms:
Also ek se, ekse.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, ‘I say’, ek I + say; probably a shortened form of Ek sê vir jou I’m telling you.
slang
An exclamation:
a. Used to attract attention, or as a point of entry into a remark or a conversation.
1959 M.W. Spilhaus Under Bright Sky 56Ek sê, you look so down. Wat I come for, Mr Kone, I come to ask Mr Kone has he got a secon’-han’ settee he can sell me?
1969 A. Fugard Boesman & Lena 4Ek sê! His backside in the Swartkops mud, but Boesman’s happy.
1975 Drum 8 Nov. 12‘Ek se,’ he said. ‘I havva been lookin for yer baby.’
1982 M. Mzamane Children of Soweto 131Ekse, has this attack been planned, na?
1987 Learn & Teach No.2, 48Ekse mfo, dig that rich smell!
1990 J. Naidoo Coolie Location 33Ek sê, it’s a pity you’re not in the States;..they would have had you fixed up in two weeks.
b. Used for emphasis, or to express surprise or admiration.
1969 A. Fugard Boesman & Lena 31Two bottles of wine! Ek sê. Boesman has a party tonight.
1977 Sunday Times 24 Apr. (Mag. Sect.) 1The biggest agency in London — the Biggest ek se — is run by a cat from Durbs.
1978 Blossom in Darling 22 Nov. 84If he doesn’t give me the bucks I’ll muck him up, ek sê. He mustn’t tune me bull...I gottim good, ek sê.
1982 R. Bhengu in Voice 16 May 5There is a lot of work ahead of us, and we have to move sharp, ek se.
1988 W. Mondlane in Staffrider Vol.7 No.1, 48It’s time to go ek sê my sizza.
1991 A. Van Wyk Birth of New Afrikaner 75He brought us some encouragement in the form of a few cans of red jerepigo, ek sê.
1992 S. Gutknecht in Sunday Times 19 Apr. (Mag. Sect.) 28Windgat? no, ek sê, David Kramer says bakgat is the most expressive word in the SA English Dictionary.
Used to attract attention, or as a point of entry into a remark or a conversation.
Used for emphasis, or to express surprise or admiration.
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