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Howzit bru? Let’s waai possie and gooi a dop (and other strange South Africanisms)

A truly laduma moment. Photo courtesy colm.mcmullan Officially, South Africa has 11 languages, second only to India, with 22. Many more languages are spoken in the country besides, from Greek to Gujarati and a number of local creoles and pidgins. There are, however, some sayings that are commonly used and understood across our country, despite (or perhaps because of) its polyglot nature. Here’s a brief introduction to some South Africanisms adapted from local languages.