2. Used loosely, with defining words to designate men with particular occupations in the forces:
kop-tiffy/ˈkɔp-/ [Afrikaans kop head], a psychiatrist, people-tiffy or pill-tiffy, a doctor or medical official;
pot-tiffy, an army cook;
soul-tiffy, a chaplain, teeth-tiffy, a dentist, etc.
1978A.P. BrinkRumours of Rain 318When church parade was called the Sunday morning...There was a new soul-tiffy to do the job for us. You know, we used to call the mechanics ‘tiffies’, so the doctor was a ‘cock-tiffy’ and the chaplain a ‘soul-tiffy’.
1979Sunday Times 12 Aug. 7Hey pot-tiffie. Lez trek to the cuca shop.
1984Cape Times 18 JulyAll hope is not yet gone for SADF medical and dental officers who have lost out on the recent 12 percent pay hike for national servicemen...‘An investigation into the remuneration of all Citizen Force members..is still in progress’...In other words, the people tiffies must vasbyt.
1988W. Steenkamp inCape Times 6 Apr.The ‘tears tiffie’ virtually went around drumming up business. The result was a rash of welfare problems among people who had not given it a thought before then. As a cultural note, let me add that in the SADF psychiatrists are sometimes referred to as ‘kop-tiffies’, or head mechanics. This is in line with similar terms like ‘people tiffies’ (doctors), ‘bedpan tiffies’ (medical orderlies) and ‘teeth tiffies’ (dentists).
1988Cape Times 25 June 19They should have strekked one of the gun-tiffies, who is a total vuil uil.
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