Kaapenaar, noun

Forms:
Also Capenaar, Kapenaar, and with small initial.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch), Kaap Cape + noun-forming suffix -enaar.
1. An inhabitant of Cape Town, or of the Cape Peninsula and its environs; an inhabitant of the Cape Province; Capeite, see Cape; Caper sense 1. Cf. Capey sense 2. Also attributive, passing into adjective.
1834 Cape of G.H. Lit. Gaz. IV. Nov. 180 (Pettman)The Capenaars have always attempted to justify the holding of human flesh in bondage by appeals to Scripture.
1837 N. Polson Subaltern’s Sick Leave 80‘Kaapenaars,’ as the Dutch and other natives of Cape Town delight to call themselves, in contradistinction to the other native white inhabitants of the colony whom they style ‘Afrikaanders’.
1915 J.K. O’Connor Afrikander Rebellion 82The desire for a republic among the Boers had grown stronger during recent months, and whether they be Transvaalers, Free Staters, or Kaapenaars.
1926 P.W. Laidler Tavern of Ocean 192At the Koopmans de Wet House..are collections of all that pertained to the old-time Kapenaar’s home life, furniture, china, ornaments, silver plate, glass and jewellery.
1934 N. Devitt Mem. of Magistrate 29The true Boer..looked upon a man from the Cape, the ‘Kaapenaar’ as he called him, with some dislike born of mistrust.
1949 L.G. Green In Land of Afternoon 212Kaapenaars, the people of the Cape Peninsula called themselves in the seventeenth century and long afterwards.
1955 A. Delius Young Trav. in S. Afr. 68A ‘Kaapenaar’ was an inhabitant of the Cape, but the word generally meant an inhabitant of the south-western areas of that province.
1973 M. Van Biljon in Star 16 June 6Breeding is added to the long list of attributes lacking in the Transvaaler, and abundantly granted to the Kaapenaar.
1978 Sunday Times 5 Mar. (Mag. Sect.) 1A Kapenaar naval wife..finds Pretoria’s stormy seas rough going. Transvalers and folk from other provinces might just find that Capeys, too, are a breed apart.
1982 D. Bikitsha in Rand Daily Mail 14 Oct. (Eve) 5It was about this time that I made my acquaintance with the Tsotsi Taal. There was no skollie or Kaapenaar element about it.
1982 Cape Times 21 Dec. 17If there is antagonism between the Transvalers and the Kaapenaars, it has deep, historical roots.
1984 Reader’s Digest Jan. 40Kapenaars like their meat finely minced with subtle flavouring, while Freestaters do not consider it real boerewors unless the spek (fat of the pork) comes in chunky bites.
1988 D. Hughes et al. Complete Bk of S. Afr. Wine (2nd ed.) 315The South African Society of Wine-Tasters, now one of the most energetic in the country and one particularly dear to expatriate Kaapenaars far from home.
1991 A. Maimane in Weekly Mail 15 Feb. 17I only realise they consider themselves coloured when I hear the Kaapenaar accents.
1993 J. Khumalo in Pace July 57Word soon got around that there was this Kapenaar session singer who was world-class.
2. On the east coast: the carpenter, Argyrozona argyrozona.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 238Kaapenaar, The Port Elizabeth name for the fish Denex argyrozona, known at Cape Town as the silver fish.
c1936 S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 347The names given vary locally, the Capetown ‘silver fish’ for instance being known as ‘kaapenaar’ in Port Elizabeth and ‘sand silver’ in East London.
1942 Off. Yr Bk of Union No. 22, 1941 (Union Office of Census & Statistics) 770The brilliantly coloured seventy-four (Dentex undulosus), more abundant in the warmer waters of the east coast, where it is known as the Silverfish, the Silverfish of the west coast being known as the Carpenter (a corruption of Kaapenaar).
1949 J.L.B. Smith Sea Fishes of Sn Afr. 278Argyrozona argyrozona...Karpenter or Kaapenaar (East London to Natal).
1979 Snyman & Klarie Free from Sea 50Silver Fish, Doppie/Rooitjie/Karp/Karpenter or Kaapenaar. Silver fish are pretty fish with fairly firm, strongly-flavoured moist flesh.
1981 E. Prov. Herald 23 Apr. 11The original name of the carpenter, a common reef fish, was kaapenaar, indicating that it was caught in Cape waters and this became anglicised to carpenter.
An inhabitant of Cape Town, or of the Cape Peninsula and its environs; an inhabitant of the Cape Province; Capeite, see Cape; Caper1.
the carpenter, Argyrozona argyrozona.

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