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heit, heita, interjection

Forms:
eh ta, eitaShow more Also eh ta, eita, heitha, heito, het, heyitha, heyta, huit.
Origin:
DutchShow more Unknown; perhaps adaptation of Dutch het the (see Mfenyana quotation 1980); but see quotation 1964.
colloquial
a. In urban (especially township) English: a greeting, ‘hello’.
Note:
Latterly associated with particular political groupings: see quotations 1989 and 1990.
1963 B. Modisane Blame Me on Hist. (1986) 57‘Heit, bricade,’ he said, ‘this is my cheerie’.
1993 C. Rickard in Sunday Times 11 July 2His wife was greeted..‘Heyta, comrade mama Marika de Klerk, Heyta!’
b. In the phr. Heita daa, Heita daar, also Heita daarso /- dɑː(sɔ)/ [Afrikaans daar, daarso there], ‘hello there’.
1980 Voice 20 Aug. 14We end up with heit, heito, heitadaa and various variations.
1994 Weekly Mail & Guardian 13 May 9‘Eita Da’ he yelled to the crowds; ‘Eita Da-a-a-a-a’ they responded.
a greeting, ‘hello’.
, ‘hello there’.

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