1914L.H. BrinkmanBreath of Karroo 14The elders..address the younger men as ‘neef,’ and young girls as ‘nicht,’ both terms meaning ‘cousin,’ a friendly method which tends to..put every one at ease.
1937C.R. PranceTante Rebella’s Saga 196Oom Christiaan was still hardly more than ‘Neef’, new-married and with only a golden shadow of his today’s snowy apostolic beard.
1944C.R. PranceUnder Blue Roof 150Nephew Piet might be uncle-by-marriage to his own Uncle Karel’s second wife, so that nephew and uncle might reasonably address each other indifferently as ‘Oom’ or ‘Neef’.
1945Outspan 20 July 37Come, let us now go and help the neef.
1946E. RosenthalGeneral De Wet 21Officers would frequently be addressed as ‘Oom’ (Uncle) and in their turn would call their men ‘Neef’ or ‘Nephew’.
1952Van de Haer & Manuel inDrum Aug. 7One day a broadfaced, florid Afrikaner joined our Coloured friend a few yards away. At every piece of smart play the newcomer would..call for support from his unknown neighbour whom he addressed as ‘Neef.’
1958R.E. LightonOut of Strong 144Suddenly she cackled with toothless laughter and..cried triumphantly, ‘Can’t you see, Neef?’
1965K. MackenzieDeserter 71Commander Venter came round to encourage his soldiers. He said to Japie: ‘Veldcornet Kritzinger tells me you did very well in the charge...That is good work, neef, and you must keep it up.’
1975Sunday Times 19 Oct. (Mag. Sect.) 8The folkdancers show the way. Note the hand-embroidered waistcoats of the ‘neefs’.
1978Sunday Times 20 Aug. 14‘Ou neef,..I am looking for my daughter, who is supposed to be somewhere in this building. Have you perhaps seen her?’
1934N. DevittMem. of Magistrate 17A leading Boer went to Paul Kruger: ‘President’, he said, ‘I want a post for my son!’ The President..replied: ‘Neef Hans, your boy is not slim enough to be a clerk, and all the higher posts are filled!’
1947C.R. PranceAntic Mem. 76Oom Jurie and Neef Japie had to help the Vet. personally to corner a suspected mule.
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