When you first step onto South African soil, you may notice a few SA expressions that simply doesn’t make sense. Number 8 is hilarious!
South Africa remains home to such a unique culture, foreigners are often left baffled by some of the things we say. Whether we tell them we would like a spot of "normal tea" or bought the newspaper at the robots, we're sure to confuse someone at some point in time.WIN your money back with The Entertainer hereUse as many of The Entertainer vouchers as you can before the end of the year and you could win all of your hard-earned cash back! Click here to purchase The Entertainer for 30% off.
So what everyday SA expressions are simply mad to the rest of the world?
1. The Plaster Story
Like the name clearly states, "Band-aid". Why South Africans still insist on using the word PLASTER is baffling to the rest of the world.
2. The "Now, Now" Expression
The word "now" generally has one meaning, but like everything in South Africa, we've changed it up completely. It could be "Now", or "Now, Now", or "Just now", which all mean different things, that range from now to later, or anywhere in between.EXAMPLE: Put on the kettle so long; we're having tea with your grandparents now, now.
3. The Boot and Bonnet
Around the world, a boot means this:In South Africa, we put groceries and luggage in a boot:A bonnet around the world is this:In South Africa, we use the second meaning in dictionary, which is this:
4. The Gherkin VS The Pickle
The rest of the world uses the word pickle for this tangy delight, South Africans use the word Gherkin.
5. Orange, Mango - Naartjie (Wait, what, huh?)
These little babies are delicious and South Africans call them naartjies. The naartjie is not native to South Africa which means the rest of the world probably has a different name for it, for example; tangerine, satsuma or tangelo.