English, Dutch, AfrikaansShow more English (obsolete), drinking bowl or cup (Dutch schaal). The forms sekale (see quotation 1959) and skaal (see quotation 1977) represent this word’s use in the Sintu (Bantu) languages and Afrikaans respectively.
Especially in township English: a large vessel for beer or other liquor, used in drinking establishments; a measure for drink.
1946P. AbrahamsMine Boy (1954) 36Old Ma Plank sat over a huge vat in the yard and doled out scales of beer...Xuma put the scale to his lips then passed it to Daddy.
1969Golden City Post 6 Apr. 14Chauke..gave her R1 and told her to buy a scale of KB from Mathebula, who ran a shebeen and sold offal.
1970Drum Oct. 8I found myself firmly grasping a plastic scale. That’s what they call them. I thought it was a pot plant...The next minute I was shoving my scale under a tap from which oozed a fawn liquid with a familiar smell.
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