1913J. BrandtPetticoat Commando 200‘Are you thinking of your wife and children, Paulus?’ ‘Oh yes, Nonnie, I am always thinking of them, but I was thinking also how sad it was to forget all my learning.’
1930S.T. PlaatjeMhudi (1975) 140I saw her..shyly devouring you with her dreamy eyes but not daring to give vent to her raptures in public. Phil, that’s the nonnie for you!
1953D. RookeS. Afr. Twins 16Above all this noise, Aia Kobie was exclaiming, ‘My nonnie, and my basie’.
1960C. HooperBrief Authority 89Isaac waited patiently to be served. ‘Yes?’ asked the young white female assistant. ‘Good morning, my nonnie.’ ‘Morning.’ The nonnie was melting under this old-world treatment.
1968Cole & FlahertyHouse of Bondage 73Servants obsequiously call the children klein baas (small boss) and nonnie (small madam). The kids soon get to like this.
1969M. BensonAt Still Point 53At home,..Amos and Cornelius would come to me: ‘Can I have a night pass, please, nonnie?’ Then I would spell out on a piece of paper: Please pass native Cornelius with the curfew time, our address, the date.
1972L. Van der PostStory like Wind 269Nonnie was a dimutive of Nonna, the polite word for mistress used by the servants in Francois’s world. The daughters of the houses inevitably became nonnie (little mistress).
A respectful term of address or reference used often by servants to a young unmarried woman or to a girl, often the daughter of the employer; kleinmies, see miesc; kleinnooi, see nooi1 c; nonna1 a; also called klein missusmissus3.
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