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pantsula, noun

Forms:
pantsola, pantsulaShow more singular pantsola, pantsula, panzolla; singular (occasionally) and plural mapantsula, pantsulas; plural mapansula, mapantsulas, mpantsula, pantsolas.
Also with initial capital.
Plurals:
usually pantsulas, ma-pantsula.
Origin:
Isicamtho, Southern Sotho, Northern Sotho, ZuluShow more Isicamtho, ultimate origin unknown; perhaps related to Southern Sotho patsola split open, or Northern Sotho phasola, Southern Sotho pasola, Zulu pansula, phansula, ‘slap, strike sharply (with a whip)’, perhaps referring either to pantsulas’ sometime association with violent crime, or to elements of the dance style associated with them.
slang
In urban (especially township) parlance:
1.
a. A young urban black person (usually a man) whose attitudes and behaviour, especially regarding speech and dress, are of the most popular current fashion. See also mshoza. b.  tsotsi sense 1 a. Also attributive.
Note:
Although the term seems not to have been used in general Isicamtho before the late 1970s, it is now sometimes applied retrospectively to the ‘tsotsis’ and ‘bras’ of the 1950s.
Note:
Among themselves, pantsulas normally speak general Isicamtho. Their style of dress was formerly reminiscent of 1950s ‘tsotsi’ fashion, characterized by expensive clothing, particularly trousers with turn-ups (usually worn above the ankles), fine shoes (often two-tone brogues), and a felt hat; more recently a diversity of styles has emerged.
[1976 K.M.C. Motsisi in M. Mutloatse Casey & Co. (1978) 62I tell her I’m off to Kid Pancholla’s place.]
1992 M-Net TV 19 Apr. (Carte Blanche)Didi calls himself a pantsula...They speak a special language called tsotsi-taal.
2. A dance-style in which each person performs a solo turn within a circle of dancers doing a repetitive, shuffling step; the music accompanying this dancing. Usually attributive.
1990 City Press 17 June 16Forget disco and pantsula jive, move into the quiet world of waltzes, foxtrots and quickstep.
1991 Schmitz & Mogotlane Mapantsula 38We linked the freedom songs with mapantsula music because the two are inter-related.
A young urban black person (usually a man) whose attitudes and behaviour, especially regarding speech and dress, are of the most popular current fashion.
A dance-style in which each person performs a solo turn within a circle of dancers doing a repetitive, shuffling step; the music accompanying this dancing. Usually attributive.
Derivatives:
Hence pantsulahood noun nonce, the state or condition of being a pantsula.
1985 J. Khumalo in Pace Sept. 19She told him in no uncertain terms that he was not a suitable dance partner as he was a thug. That was it. It put paid to our Pantsulahood.

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