1.A name given by national servicemen to the last few weeks of (compulsory) military service. Also attributive, and as an interjection.
1971 Radio South Africa 31 Dec.The only reason we could bear to cross them (sc. weekends) off at all was that any crossing off of days brought us nearer and nearer to the end of yet another term — like the army and their ‘min dae’.
1975J.H. Picard inEng. Usage in Sn Afr.Vol.6No.1, 36New recruits are called roofies, a roof becomes a blougat when he is halfway through his course, and when he has almost completed his training period he has min dae and is raised to the exalted ranks of the oumanne.
1977G. Hugo inQuarry ’77 95‘Don’t tell anyone, hey, but you’re going to be permanently discharged.’ His thick face breaks into a grin. ‘Min dae, hey.’
1979P. Wilhelm inStaffriderVol.2No.3, 15Sometimes they listened to the radio, to the messages on ‘Forces Favourites’ all about ‘missing you my darling’; and ‘longing to see you’ and ‘vasbyt’ and ‘min dae’.
1985W. Steenkamp inCape Times 23 Jan. 6National servicemen who are suffering from galloping ‘min dae’ fever and don’t give a hoot about anything.
1985P. SlabolepszySat. Night at Palace 19You really are as thick as pigshit, hey? How long you been sitting on this? You know what this means? Army — border — vasbyt — min dae. This could be it, my china. The ultimate summons from that Great Cop in the Sky!!
1986Informant, DurbanHe’s got mindae in the army now.
1987Personality 30 Sept. 10Liebenberg had less than a month’s national service to complete before his demobilisation — the min dae of affectionate letters and radio broadcasts to our troopies.
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