Drawing from 11 official languages, South Africa’s slang reflects the country’s rich – and unique – diversity.
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Here’s how to better understand the locals when on your next visit to Mzansi.
Babbelas: Hungover – usually rather a bad one. From the isiZulu word for hangover isibhabhalazi.
Example: “Great party last night. How’s your head? Are you a bit babbelas?”
WHO SAID THAT | THE SOUTH AFRICAN QUOTE OF THE DAY
This week’s words of the day:
Monday, 21 November
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Wednesday, 23 November
Thursday, 24 November
Friday, 25 November
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