1871J. MackenzieTen Yrs N. of Orange River 65‘Menschen’ is used by Dutch colonists of themselves, to the exclusion not only of black people, but of Europeans also.
[1937B.H. DickeBush Speaks 43Why should he, being merely an ‘uitlander,’ be permitted to loot? If one of ‘Onse Mense’ (our people — meaning Transvaal Boers) had been looting, it could be overlooked and forgiven.]
1960J. CopeTame Ox 69Mogamat said..: ‘The white people are a lot of ——y swine!’...There were two white people in the room but he was not thinking of them, he was thinking of the ‘mense’ in general...He had a voice for the ‘mense’, a whine; he had a flicker in the eyes for them and a quick touch of his cap as a gesture.
1982Voice 6 June 4It’s only time that will say ‘now I am ready mense to respond positively’.
1985Vula Oct. 46Please mense respect the message. People risk detention and arrest to get it to you.
1988Smuts & AlbertsForgotten Highway through Ceres & Bokkeveld 132An old custom from that time of territorial separation survives today: such people, especially in the desolate Karoo, address others as ‘mens’. ‘Sir’, ‘Baas’ or ‘you’ would either be too intimate or too subservient and therefore this extra-ordinary form of address evolved.
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