1958L.G. GreenS. Afr. Beachcomber 114Snoek is one of the fish which must never be hung up to dry in the moonlight, or it will become pap...Pap snoek is something to be avoided.
1963S.H. SkaifeNaturalist Remembers 17He was investigating a destructive disease of snoek at the time, a disease well known to fishermen because it gives rise to what are known as ‘pap snoek’ — fish that are worthless because of their soft, watery, inedible flesh.
1970C. BanachInformant, Port ElizabethSeeing that the apple is so pap I will not eat it.
1973Informant, GeorgeI’ve brought you the black cistern — the white ones are made of such pap plastic these days.
1982Sunday Times 5 Sept. (Mag. Sect.) 6I find it a bit ‘pap’ as a chip. They’re too soft and airy.
1987P. Wagener inGrocott’s Mail 28 Apr. 3The NP was too ‘pap’ to govern. Integration was rife in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth where blacks and coloureds were living in white areas.
1991N.P. SaundersInformant, ScottburghPap — soft or withered or just tired out. ‘Don’t buy those bananas they are pap.’
b. Of persons: physically exhausted, feeble; unassertive, weak; soft, flabby.See also papbroek.
1934C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 133Pap,..In its adjectival sense ‘soft’, it is steadily gaining ground among English-speaking South Africans and one frequently hears such expressions as: the tennis balls are ‘pap’; the tyres are ‘pap’; I’m feeling ‘pap’ (exhausted).
1970C. De VilliersInformant, BloemfonteinI am tired and I feel so pap.
1970M. Dikobe Marabi Dance. 121She looked at George: ‘Men like George are pap.’ She thought of her father, still respected by the Malaitas as their king.
1972Evening Post 10 June 4There’s another side to the problem of African Widows trying to find work. They’re too pap, washed out, burnt-out. They have lost all incentive. Life’s kicked them so hard they no longer have the initiative.
1973Informant, GrahamstownThis variety of flu makes people feel pretty pap.
1975S. RobertsOutside Life’s Feast 27His chest hangs like soft tits in his vest. He is pap. I could easily hit him.
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