Friday, June 11, 2010

Go Bafana Bafana!

2010 is here! Let us all get into the Ayobaness of the moment and learn a little SA soccer lingo.

Bafana: Nickname of the South African national team, meaning ‘boys’ in Nguni. Often appearing as Bafana Bafana.

Makaraba: South African fan helmets, artfully created from miners’ hard hats.

Vuvuzela: Plastic horn producing an energetically loud noise, it is the sound of South African Football.

Mzansi: A popular Xhosa word amongst the youth and townships for South Africa.

Ayoba: An expression of joy. Ayoba means cool, nice, sweet, etc.

Eish: An expression of surprise or resignation.

Howzit: A term meaning: How are you?

Lekker: An Afrikaans word meaning delicious.

Laduma: A popular cheer at South African soccer matches when a goal has been scored. It’s a Zulu word meaning ‘he thunders’.

Yebo: A word meaning Yes in Zulu.

Sharp: Often doubled up for effect, sharp-sharp. Used as a greeting, farewell, agreement or to express enthusiasm.

Bru: Slang term for brother that’s often used.

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