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Kasi Lingo 101, learn that ‘flow’

As I’m hanging out with my home girls and boys (given half the change to indulge in a moment of relaxation), discussing this lovely thing called life, using that one signifying coder-slang-that’s when I know I’m truly part of the group because I know what they are talking about. Kasi slang has a flavor of its own, and a mixed variety of official languages of Mzansi. Otherwise described as Tsotsitaal or Iscimato, a native language that most Sowetans (myself included) embrace as part of their culture
Kasi (township) slang is a social maker, though it is believed that people from the South speak in a language which may be complicated for others to understand, it could all be so simple. As I bring you a lowdown of Kasi slang-terms, expressions and words of common use in the townships of not only Soweto, but Mzansi. Learn a lil’ 😉

It is what it is..

It is what it is..

• Coconut – this refers to an African black person who is dualistic in their nature, usually Black on the outside and White on the inside.
• Shimself-referring to a she/he-a gay man.
• Alfred Khuzwayo- means an AK-47 as in “Ngi zom’ thethisa nge Alfred Khuzwayo” (translate: “I’ll shoot him down with an AK-47″.)
• Amashwang-shweng – refers to a nice/beautiful hair style by a lady.
• 411 – Giving someone the latest news and gossip.
• 6 no 9 – “same difference”. Like “potato, potatoe”
• Dankie san – [Origin: Rap Music] “Thanks, Dude”. Soweto rapper Pro Kid has used it for his new fashion-label, bringing it into the commercial space.
• Ama-Get-Down- refers to dancing or to have a party. E.g “Sizobe sishaya ama-get-down le-weekend,” (translate: we will be having a party and dancing this weekend).
• Bogata or Bo4- means the police.
• Bling-Bling- ladies who are light in complexion.
• Blind- means something or someone is good or impressive.
• Central lock- knock-knees or Kiss madolo.
• Clipper- hundred rand note
• Choko-twenty rand note
• Tiger-ten rand note
• Chicken dust- chicken braai done by the roadside.
• Dozo- It’s a cigarette.
• Dintshang?- means what’s up?
• Dae Ding- means that thing. Uses: If somebody doesn’t want to mention what he/she is asking for, they will say give me ‘Dae Ding’ meaning give me ‘That Thing’.
• Double Doley- means everything is okay.
• Danone- dating a young girl.
• Frying pan-used to refer to someone who likes to lie.
• Fong-kong- products that you can buy from vendors on the streets.These products are cheap and fake.
• Fede- means how are you or how you doing or what is happening in your life (my personal most random and favourite word,hahaha..Don’t judge).
• Feranjie- a thug or hobo or someone suspicious.
• G-string- (Origins: comes from the grill of a BMW) Refers to a BMW.
• Gashu- an idiot.
• Gatvol- “Fed up” in Afrikaans. With the ‘v’ pronounced like an ‘f’, it’s very similar to the English “gutful”. As in ”Eish! man. I’m gatvol of this fundi. He has no idea what he’s talking about.
• Gereza- hustle.
• Gidliza- to act as if you don’t know nothing.
• Holla gazee-a phrase meaning how are you my friend?
• Helen Zille- a nagging chick, usually over protective, insecure partner.
• Hooi Hooi- greetings(a phrase mostly used by radio and TV personality Dj Sbu)
• Izinyoka- means Thugs or thieves. Commonly used to refer to people who steal cables.
• Injelezi- is popular in Zola (a Soweto township) for jealousy i.e. when someone doesn’t want to see u prosper we normally say: une NJELEZI.
• Inja- it’s literal meaning is a dog. It it’s now commonly used as an expression of respect, and hence means a Top Dog. Uses: Brian Habana is a top dog.
• Jive- means a problem. As in, “Ke nale jive le medi ya gago.” (translate: I have a problem with your girlfriend/wife).
• Jack Bemel- means a witch doctor.
• Johnnie Walker- someone who doesn’t have a car
• Ku Million-it’s all good.
• Kota- in Pretoria it’s known as Spatlo and in the Vaal they refer to it as Skumbani. A quarter of a loaf of bread, with any filling inside. The filling can be meat, potatoes, atchaar, whatever you like.
• Kosovo- a very dangerous place
• Kelly Khumalo- pulling a Kelly Khumalo – Claiming to be a virgin when you are clearly not one
• Khanyi Mbau- means gold digger. Pulling a Khanyi (gold digging).
• Kaizer Chiefs- yellow teeth.
• KASI- Hood or ghetto.

To be more streetwise and learn the new French (LoL, I joke)- KASI slang you can visit Sowetan’s Kasi Slang website at: http://blogs.sowetanlive.co.za/category/kasi_slang/. This info was sourced from this website as well.
I believe slang is much more like poetry, made up of literary devices such as hyperboles, metonymies, metaphors, synecdoche’s, alliterations, onomatopoeia and many others. Because slang in essence is one language we use but never taught in school. The same applies with poetry. This is really just my opinion. Feel free to voice out your thoughts as well, let’s share !

Humans are just geniuses :D

Humans are just geniuses 😀

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