EnglishShow more Special sense of general English.
obs. except in historical contexts
Among South African-born English-speakers: England; Great Britain. Also attributive.
At one time common among the inhabitants of all former British colonies and territories.
1863Lady Duff-Gordon inF. GaltonVacation Tourists (1864) III. 180How I have caught the colonial trick of always saying ‘home’ for England! Dutchmen who can barely speak English, and never did or will see England, equally talk of ‘news from home’.
1895Star 26 Dec. 3 (advt)A lady recently from Home seeks a situation as Housekeeper. Best references.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 213Home, This word is employed by English colonists throughout South Africa when speaking of England, often even when they are African born and their parents too.
1920R.Y. StormbergMrs Pieter de Bruyn 73Believe me: when it comes to a matter of hospitality we Home people don’t know anything about it.
1934A.J. BarnouwLang. & Race Problems 17‘Home’, in South African usage, is..a mere synonym for England..; I have heard a South African of Norwegian extraction speak of England as ‘home’, though he had never visited the British isles.
1949Blueprint for Blackout (Educ. League) (pamphlet) 18Can we believe that if we let the children of the two language-groups mix..the sixty-three percent of Afrikaans-speaking children will soon all be speaking English, and talking of England as ‘Home’?
1969M.W. SpilhausDoorstep-Baby 114Well-to-do colonials sent ‘home’ for their clothes, and were apt to out-English the English in ceremonial observances.
1974E. Prov. Herald 16 July 2‘We Afrikaners are proud that the English people are proud of being South Africans. Only their talk of “home” (Britain) upsets us,’ said Mr Fouche.
1981A. Paton inOptimaVol.30No.2, 93Afrikaner nationalists were angered by the way in which the English-speaking gave their first loyalty to the Empire and to the royal family..by the use of the word ‘home’, by the words ‘colony’ and ‘colonists’...I cannot remember having heard a born South African talk of Britain as ‘home’ for many years.
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