Indlala

Indlala is the formal Xhosa term for hunger or poverty.
Also see Ikati ilele eziko


Indlala inamanyala and it can make you do anything.

Mlungu

A Xhosa or Zulu term for a white person.


My best friend is umlungu.

Mntase

Short for mntasekhaya. A Xhosa term of endearment for family i.e siblings, cousins or even a dear friend.


- Yho mntase, you should have seen the way he looked at me.

- Never let men play you, mntase. Banyise bonke.

Tikoloshe

In Zulu/Xhosa mythology, Tikoloshe, Tokoloshe, Tokolotshe, De'Avion or Hili is a dwarf-like water sprite. It is considered a mischievous and evil spirit that can become invisible by drinking water or swallowing a stone. Tokoloshes are called upon by malevolent people to cause trouble for others.


*My child misbehaves*
Me: If you don't behave, I will call the tikoloshe to beat you.

polyandry

polyandry is a form of polygamy in which a woman takes two or more husbands at the same time.


South African women are excited about polyandry but they can't even keep one man.

Rhodent

The term for a student at Rhodes University, South Africa.
Rhodes is notorious for its heavy-drinking scene. Thus, being a Rhodent is also synonymous with drinking heavily.


Rhodents were overdrinking everyone at that party last night.

Chillas

Relaxing, socialising with friends over drinks and sometimes some braai meat at someone’s home, tavern, club or at a pub.


I'm planning a chillas this coming weekend at my place.

Covivi

Another term that refers to Covid / Coronavirus.
Also see Coco


The third wave of covivi is looming.

Roomza

Roomza / Rumza is your roommate. It is mostly used to refer to res roommate or hostel roommate.


My roomza likes stealing my groceries.

Ninganya

A Xhosa term that directly translates to "y'all would shit".


No one:

Black Coffee: Ninganya



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