September 30, 2013
Fans’ favourite South African phrases
In celebrating all things Cape Town we thought we’d ask you, our Facebook fans what local words you use to talk to your fellow Capetonians – be it a greeting or a uniquely South African phrase like heita, howzit, holla, aweh, lekker, kiff, shweet, pashash, or rad. We wanted to know what your favourite was from this list 1) Aweh 2) Bru 3) Kiff 4) Duidelik 5) Lekker, but after having asked the question your replies added more words, phrases and the flavour Cape Town and South Africa is known for.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOUTH AFRICAN SLANG
With 11 official languages it’s no wonder our slang is as multifaceted. Borrowing from English, Zulu, Xhosa and Afrikaans to name a few, South African slang reflects the country's diversity, and history.
HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE RESPONSES FROM OUR FANS:
Teresa Anne Moore: Eish.....it can express almost anything with varying intonation!
George Owen: JaWellNoFine
Stephen Buck: Howzit? Ay lekker ekse!
Wil Hunter: Kiff
Christopher Zoony De Croes: Awe! And HosH
Thandanani Dlomo: HEITA!!!!!
Armiena Bowers: Not lekker its lekke soes n krekke
Ryan Fillis: Aweh Masekind
Brian W. Jacobs: We also say 'Safe', when leaving one another. Meaning 'go safe' or 'see you', 'goodbye'...
Samantha Arends: Hosh jaaaa!!!
Brenda Vanderberg: My china
We love your feedback, so join the conversation on our Facebook page: I ♥ Cape Town