magtig, interjection

Forms:
maagtig, machtigShow more Also maagtig, machtig, maghtag, magtag.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier Dutch machtig), elliptical for alamachtig, allemachtig, see allemagtig.
‘Lord’, ‘Heavens above’: an exclamation expressing surprise, delight, dismay, admiration, or reproach; magtie. Sometimes in the phrase my magtig /meɪ -/, formerly also mij magtig [Afrikaans my my, from Dutch mij], having a similar but intensified meaning. Cf. allemagtig.
1871 W.G. Atherstone in A.M.L. Robinson Sel. Articles from Cape Monthly Mag. (1978) 81Magtig!’ exclaimed the old Frontier Boer, when he first heard of the iron rail, ‘our roads are so heavy already, what will our poor oxen do with iron roads!’
1899 B. Mitford Weird of Deadly Hollow 103Magtag!..Whoever heard of bringing vrouw-menschen out springbok-hunting!
1925 L.D. Flemming Crop of Chaff 68‘For heaven’s sake don’t say he’s swallowed it.’ ‘Mij magtag!’ I said, ‘I hope not — it’s one of my most treasured possessions that tickey.’
1931 V. Sampson Kom Binne 157‘Mij machtig!’ ejaculated Nicholas with exasperation, ‘how long is it all going to be?’
1958 S. Cloete Mask 22Rape, magtig, plenty of girls were raped — a matter usually of not saying yes in time.
1967 E.M. Slatter My Leaves Are Green 127‘Magtig, how fat I am,’ she said good-humouredly. She put on her grey kappie and waddled away across the veld.
1979 J. Gratus Jo’burgers 11With a shout of triumph, the two men approached the fallen beast. ‘Magtig! What a shot,’..‘Thanks...Bit of luck, I reckon.’
1985 Style Dec. 41Liberated quote of the year ‘Magtig, are you serious?’ from an elderly passenger when told his Magnum flight from Pietersburg to Jan Smuts would have a woman pilot at the controls.
1989 J. Hobbs Thoughts in Makeshift Mortuary 283I was homesick. Magtig, I was so homesick!
an exclamation expressing surprise, delight, dismay, admiration, or reproach; magtie. Sometimes in the phrase my magtigmeɪ -, formerly also mij magtigmy my, from mij, having a similar but intensified meaning.
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