1835T.H. Bowker Journal. 27 Sept.The totties dancing to the sound of their Calabash fiddles & &.
1848H. WardFive Yrs in KaffirlandI. 287Those gallant little Totties are an untiring, determined band. How little do we know in England of the smartness and courage of the Hottentot!
1856R.E.E. WilmotDiary (1984) 37On asking him if it was true that many Kaffirs in female attire were found, he said ‘No, I saw one Totty boy of about 15 years who tried the dodge but a burgher saw him’.
1863J.S. DobieS. Afr. Jrnl (1945) 121A great many well dressed ‘Tottie’ girls flaming about in their crinolines.
1868W.R. ThomsonPoems, Essays & Sketchesp.xxvI am now as popular, not with ‘Totties’ alone, but with English, Dutch, and coloured people, as a member well can be in such a mixed constituency.
1876F. BoyleSavage Life 283‘What is it, Totty?’ somebody asked...‘Horses — go quick — stop now!’ muttered the Totty.
1879T.J. LucasZulus & Brit. Frontiers 88When I first joined the regiment, the Hottentots, or ‘Tottys,’ as we called them for abbreviation[’s] sake, were habited in leather pantaloons.
1883Good News in Afr. 110The Hottentots are a miserable little race, sometimes called ‘Totties’ in contempt.
1898G. Nicholson50 Yrs 24They might easily have been saved from extinction by appropriate legislation,but the anti-slavery enthusiasts insisted on drastic treatment, and the poor ‘Tottie’ succumbed to a full dose of freedom, administered without timely preparation.
1934N. DevittMem. of Magistrate 216The Hottentot is a curious creature. He has some of the attributes of his white master...The ‘Tottie’ has also at times a weird humour.
1968F.C. MetrowichFrontier Flames 225His Hottentot servant..was a Private in the Cape Mounted Rifles...Many a time the poor ‘Totty’ was ordered punishment for the faults of his master.
1976A. DeliusBorder 185An argument between an officer of the 55th and Captain Aitchison of the Cape Mounted Rifles. This officer had made some slighting remark about the value of the Totties as soldiers, and Captain Aitchison said by God he would rather have Totties at his back in this sort of war than any great clumsy clanking red dragoon.
1970E.G.B. HardyInformant, Cape TownTotty pink, coolie pink — puce or magenta. Later rendered respectable and fashionable by Schiaparelli as ‘shocking pink’.
1972Informant, GrahamstownI had a shocking pink dress for a ball some years ago and asked the girl in the chemist’s for a lipstick to match and asked her for a sort of totty pink — she nearly had a fit.
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