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kitchen, noun and adjective

Forms:
Also with initial capital.
Origin:
English, South African Dutch, AfrikaansShow more Special senses of general English; probably from literal translation of South African Dutch (and Afrikaans) kombuis-, see kombuis.
derogatory
A. noun
1. In the offensive phrase kitchen kaffir /-ˈkæfə/ [see kaffir], also (occasionally) kitchen Xhosa, kitchen Zulu, etc.: a. An inferior or pidgin variety of an African language. b. A former name for fanakalo. See also kombuis sense 1 a.
1862 G.H. Mason Zululand 38The Bishop has been guided by one of the chief’s clerks in the native department; who was born and reared amongst the Cape Colony’s Caffres, and, consequently, prefers it to learning Zulu proper; which, or course, is held in contempt by all officials, and sneeringly called ‘Kitchen Kaffir’.
1989 J. Hobbs Thoughts in Makeshift Mortuary 92She did not use the pidgin Zulu once known as kitchen kaffir, but now that the word ‘kaffir’ was acknowledged as insulting, called Fanagalo.
2. Obsolete except in historical contexts In the phrase kitchen Dutch, or (occasionally) kitchen Afrikaans:
a. A derogatory name for the Afrikaans language (see Afrikaans noun).
1882 J. Nixon Among Boers 209The language in vogue among the Boers and the semi-civilised native tribes of South Africa is a patois of Dutch, known as Kitchen Dutch. It contains a considerable proportion of Hottentot and English words, but the groundwork is Dutch, from which the inflections have been largely removed. Kitchen Dutch is a barbarous and uncouth dialect and I observed with pleasure that it was giving place to English.
1992 Y. Maakenschyn Informant, JohannesburgThe use of ‘kitchen’ when referring to poor or little knowledge of a language, such as ‘kitchen Dutch’, ‘kitchen German’ etc.:...When I have been overseas and told locals that I only have ‘kitchen German’ or ‘kitchen French’ they have stared at me blankly.
b. A derogatory name for the form of Afrikaans spoken by Cape ‘coloured’ and black people, and in the past by Khoikhoi people; cf. kombuistaal (see kombuis sense 1 b).
1896 R. Wallace Farming Indust. of Cape Col. 162The people who were not Boers were Hottentots, and this servile race spoke kitchen Dutch.
1979 W. Ebersohn Lonely Place 79He thought over what Lesoro’s sister had told him in her awkward kitchen-Afrikaans.
B. adjective obsolescent. Of languages: inferior, emanating from the kitchen, or used in the kitchen, i.e. by or to servants:
1910 J. Buchan Prester John 39The Dutch..is a sort of kitchen dialect you can learn in a fortnight.
1958 A. Jackson Trader on Veld 28I learnt not only to speak but to write the ‘Taal’ fluently, but I must admit that it was the purest kombuis or Kitchen variety that I knew.
An inferior or pidgin variety of an African language.
A former name for fanakalo.
A derogatory name for the Afrikaans language (see Afrikaansnoun).
A derogatory name for the form of Afrikaans spoken by Cape ‘coloured’ and black people, and in the past by Khoikhoi people;
inferior, emanating from the kitchen, or used in the kitchen, i.e. by or to servants:

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