Afrikaans, South African English, Show more Afrikaans (/jOl/), dance, party. The South African English pronunciation is either derived from the Afrikaans accent of working-class Cape coloured people, or is an Englished pronunciation of the Afrikaans word.
a.A good time, a time of merry-making; a ‘thrash’. b. Always singular. (The source of) an intensely exciting or pleasurable time, activity, or experience, ‘a ball’. c.noncount. Revelry; merry-making; enjoyment; entertainment; fun and games. In the phrase on the jol, in search of this.
1980Post 9 Feb. (Family Post)When day is done and the jols are over, most people are content to stagger off to bed.
1982Sunday Times 19 Dec.The party..was unanimously voted the ‘Jorl of the Year.’
1983Rhodeo (Rhodes Univ.) 6 JuneOn the Jorl. Junk food review.
1983A. Goldstuck inFrontline Oct. 61A leading Boksburg skate, he denies that his life of ‘jol’ is meaningless.
1984Cape Times 3 Feb. 9There’s no heavy statement..; just five boys having a light jol.
1984J. Salton inCape Times 18 Oct. 12He’s from Johannesburg...‘We came here to see her mother...I never saw my tjêrrie after we got here. Now I’m on the joll.’
1984I. Sias inStyle Nov. 106It’s an absolute jol. You really get the most interesting people here.
1985R. Greig inStyle Dec. 111The Brass Bell restaurant beside the harbour is worth a jol by day and worth eating at by night.
1985Vula Oct. 15They’re unable to slot in with the ‘black’ culture...So the endless jorl and dop and skyf help provide middle ground.
1985Weekly Mail 1 Nov. 17In the first of a series on Jo’burg Jolls, Reg Rumney..takes a stroll around the city’s pubs.
1986L. Westby-Nunn inStyle Mar. 41It’s not all jol and fun. She works damn hard.
1986J. Whyle inS. GrayMarket Plays 182We’ve split the country...Shaunie because of the army and me...well just for the jol really.
1987Oppie Newsletter (Rhodes Univ.) May 1Remember Cinderella and what a jol she had at the ball?
1987Scope 20 Nov. 46‘Boys, the jol is over,’ Jimmy said, picking up all the dynamite.
1988Frontline Jan. 12I drive along Oxford Road and see the jet set lurching home from the night’s jolls.
1988A. Sichel inStar 27 May 13Top of the list is a ballet teacher to keep him..in shape for ‘Countryside’...‘That’s really something to look forward to...It may be rough stuff but it’s such a jol.’
1988D. Sonnenberg inStyle May 53It’s on the Sun City run for the Sandton ladies...Part of the jol is finding something to spend their money on.
1988Sunday Times 30 Oct. 6I spoke to boys as young as 11..waiting to be picked up by men. ‘It’s an easy way of scoring a few bucks for a night of jol in Hillbrow,’ one streetwise youngster said.
1989J. Allan inSunday Times 22 Jan. 4What kind of fodder is the Dalton doll for a columnist whose main jorl..is ripping out the jugulars of her victims with claws so deadly they must be manicured by Black and Decker?
1989Personality 29 May 17With Scope Girl of the Year it’s all a fat jol, no strings attached.
1990A. Bumstead inStyle June 111I joined as a guide just to meet people and have a bit of a jol.
1982Star 31 Mar.Joll..now means any social occasion. At a jol you can have a ‘fat rip’ or good time.
1983Sunday Times 18 Sept. (Mag. Sect.) 33There are two jols a term in the school hall for the pupils.
1985Daily News 11 Jan. 9‘The best part of the Dusi is the jol..,’ philosophised one of the backmarkers. And jol it was. A camp of..marquees..dispensed food, cooldrinks and beer.
1986H. Prendini inStyle Apr. 92The Grahamstown Festival culture jol starts on June 27.
1987Weekly Mail 19 June 25Local Culture Mega-Joll...Benny b Funk, Khaki Monitor and Winston’s Jive Mix-up will be playing at the Summit Club Ballroom.
1990R. Rangongo inNew African 3 Sept. 9Traditional musician and Juluka founder Sipho Mchunu is back in action...Last weekend he launched his sound with a massive jol at Jameson’s Drift.
1990A. Rice inFrontline Dec. 15It was a cheapo cokey pen-and-cardboard creation...‘Jol of The Year’ it announced...This poster was advertising a jol in a hitherto jol-free zone — Camden Lock, London. That’s..a couple of continents north of normal jol country.
1981Rhodeo (Rhodes Univ.) 19 Oct. 2I was..sitting down..to check out some..reading...I had hardly had the time to wonder what..the guy was going on about, in the article when something distracted me. Like the whole jorl was filled with rumblings and shakings.
4.A joke, a game; a stunt.
1982Cape Times 4 Jan. 3Jumping Jack’s ‘jorl’...Jumping Jack launches himself into a series of trampoline stunts, each of which ends in a seemingly disastrous fall.
1985P. SlabolepszySat. Night at Palace 48I was only joking. You think I need to bust this joint? Bit of a jol, man. I don’t need to hit this place.
5.A (self-indulgent) trip or holiday.
1985P. SlabolepszySat. Night at Palace 52There’s it! Take a jol over to Pretoria. Arcadia Pepsi. Those bastards need a striker.
B.adjectiveOf the music, language, etc. enjoyed by or associated with jollers (see joller sense 1).
1985D. Kramer inCape Times 16 MayThe concert explores my songs. The full range, from rock ’n roll to sakkie-sakkie, jol music, kwela and more serious ballads.
1985H. Prendini inStyle Oct. 39Student slang..tends to be more entertaining and imaginative and less deliberately vulgar than southern suburbs jol talk.
A good time, a time of merry-making; a ‘thrash’. b. Always singular. (The source of) an intensely exciting or pleasurable time, activity, or experience, ‘a ball’. c.noncount. Revelry; merry-making; enjoyment; entertainment; fun and games. In the phrase on the jol, in search of this.
A party, dance, concert, festival, or other lively social occasion. Also attributive.
A joke, a game; a stunt.
A (self-indulgent) trip or holiday.
Of the music, language, etc. enjoyed by or associated with jollers (see joller1).
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