Wikipedia has a magnificently insightful and humorous list of South African Slang words. I have selected some of my favourites and the ones I found the most hilarious!
Have a look:
bergie – from berg, mountain, originally referring to vagrants who sheltered in the forests of Table Mountain; now a mainstream word for a particular subculture of vagrants in Cape Town. When used as slang refers to anyone down and out
bioscope, bio – cinema, movie theatre (now dated), originally a defunct international English word it has survived longer in South Africa as a result of the influence of the Afrikaans cognate bioskoop
boerewors – spicy sausage (Afrikaans) farmer-sausage, used as a mainstream word in South African English
bru – male friend (shortening of broer meaning brother, see also bra below)
dinges – thingamabob, a wotzit or a whatchamacallit
dof – stupid
fyndraai – at the brink of orgasm (Afrikaans – at the fine end of the last turn)
gatvol - fed up, had enough. (Afrikaans – hole-full)
goof, goef – swim, dip
hoesit, hoezit, howzit – how’s it going? How are you?
jislaaik! – wow!
kiff, kif, kief – (adjective) cool, neat, great, wonderful (from Arabic, kayf, meaning enjoyment or wellbeing)
windgat – highty-tighty; highty and mighty; snobbish. (Afrikaans: wind hole)
vrot – rotten, putrid
stukkend – (Afrikaans) broken
swak – broke. Original Afrikaans: weak. “I’m swak, ek sê”. Also used to express disgust or derision (depending on tone and context), for example: “It’s swak that I failed the test”
Check out the full Wikipedia list.
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