The word occurs in both the singular and plural forms in spoken South African English; the singular has not been found in written contexts, as the distinction between /mæn/ and /man/ is not apparent in writing.
1. As a term of reference.
a.Usually in the plural :‘Real men’, ‘man’s men’, ‘macho men’: men who are ostentatiously virile or manly; men who are engaged in, or excel in, activities considered to be typically masculine.See also main man, rugger-bugger.
1963B. ModisaneBlame Me on Hist. (1986) 51‘O Broad-derick is de manne,’ one of them said, imitating the bubbling speech of the actor. ‘Did you hear him when he said: “I’m the fastest gun there is.”..?’
1985T. Baron inFrontline Feb. 30Pofadder..where the manne were recklessly ordering dam to go with their dop because it had rained the day before, the first rain in seven years.
1989Weekly Mail 15 Dec. 7‘I don’t wake my wife when I get up at four in the morning..just give her a kiss..’ he says. ‘Then I go out and join the other manne on the way to the harbour.’
1990B. Cohen inWeekly Mail 22 June (Suppl.) 7The photograph is innocent, stoned amateurish, a happy snap of the manne taken with a self-timer.
1990T. Van der Walt inSunday Times 21 Oct. 11War veterans and colonial types with bushy moustaches rubbed shoulders and shared jokes with the bearded manne from the platteland.
1990Sunday Times 21 Oct. (Mag. Sect.) 38Des Park, president of the SACF, collected the top canoeing manne for a brainstorm..and programme of safety exercises.
1991‘K. Lemmer’ inWeekly Mail 15 Feb. 17These guys from the Organisation for African Unity come to Cape Town this week, meet with the manne that matter, and then say they aren’t here because of anything to do with politics.
1993Sunday Times 31 Oct. 31There’s nothing shy about the manne up here...Government of the Volk, by the Volk, for the Volk..is the only democracy you can safely mention in these parts.
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