Kaapse, adjective

Forms:
Also Kaaps, Kaapsche.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans, earlier South African Dutch Kaapsch, Kaapsche ‘of the Cape’.
Note:
Cf. Cape sense 1.
1. Of, pertaining to, or with the atmosphere or flavour of Cape Town, the Cape peninsula, the western Cape, the Cape Province, or South Africa.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 238Kaaps,..Used by the Cape Dutch of anything South African.
1988 Weekly Mail 3 June 23Die Drein, a play performed by workers for workers, explores the lives of Kaapse ‘kleurlinge’.
2. Of or pertaining to the ‘coloured’ people of the Western Cape.
1946 Cape Times 3 JuneUp in..the cobbled roads off Hanover-street,..the speakers of Kaapse English have been revising and classifying their vocabularies.
1991 Weekend Post 1 June 5The textbook does not promote any particular dialect, for example ‘Kaapse Afrikaans’.
3. Special collocations
Kaapse draai /- ˈdrai/ [Afrikaans, draai turn], a flamboyant turn executed in a horse-drawn cart; figurative, any touch of the flamboyant;
Kaapse Jongens /- ˈjɔŋəns/ [South African Dutch, jongens young men], boerejongens;
Kaapse nooitjie /- ˈnɔɪki/ obsolete [Afrikaans, nooitjie young girl], the pampelmoesie, Stromateus fiatola;
Kaapse sesry /- ˈsesreɪ/ [Afrikaans, ses six + ry row], Cape Six-row barley;
Kaapse smaak /- ˈsmɑːk/ [Afrikaans, smaak taste], Cape smoke.
[1934 C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 82Kaapse Draai,..To make a short sharp turn is so designated by the Afrikaner.]
1991 Best of S. Afr. Short Stories (Reader’s Digest Assoc.) 92Brandy has been part of South African life since it was first distilled about 20 years after Jan van Riebeeck arrived and its evocative local names have included boerblits and ‘Cape Smoke’, which is thought to be a corruption of Kaapse smaak or ‘Cape taste’.
Of, pertaining to, or with the atmosphere or flavour of Cape Town, the Cape peninsula, the western Cape, the Cape Province, or South Africa.
Of or pertaining to the ‘coloured’ people of the Western Cape.
Derivatives:
Hence Kaaps noun, the dialect (of Afrikaans or English) spoken by the ‘coloured’ people of the Western Cape.
1976 S. Roberts in Quarry ’76 113There were subdued sniggers from the students and under-breath remarks in Kaaps.

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