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wietie, verb

Forms:
Also wetie, witty.
Origin:
Isicamtho, AfrikaansShow more Isicamtho, perhaps from Afrikaans weet jy or weet u (do) you know.
slang
a. intransitive. To talk. b. transitive. To tell (something to someone), to speak (a language or argot).
[a1977 K.M.C. Motsisi in M. Mutloatse Casey & Co. (1978) 68This is nonsense wat die juveniles maak. Ek wietie jou.]
1982 D. Bikitsha in Rand Daily Mail 14 Oct. (Eve) 5To speak or ‘witty’ tsotsi taal as the lingo goes is an art.
To talk.
To tell (something to someone), to speak (a language or argot).
Derivatives:
Hence wietie noun, township argot.
1993 M. ka Harvey in Weekly Mail & Guardian 23 Dec. 15Tsotsi taal’ (mainly spoken in Meadowlands and Rockville), ‘isicamtho’ (spoken by the youth), ‘jive lingo’..and pristine ‘wietie’, directly from Sophiatown.

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