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24 South African words that have just been added to the Oxford English Dictionary


The Oxford English Dictionary added a number of South African words at the end of 2018.

Many of the dictionary’s new South African additions have been borrowed into English from some of the most widely spoken languages in the country.

In a post detailing the changes, the dictionary said that Afrikaans is a particularly rich source for such loanwords – lending two of the oldest words in this batch of additions.

‘Deurmekaar’, first attested in 1871, is an adjective applied to something that is confused, muddled, or mixed up.

The adverb ‘voetstoots’ was first used in English in 1883 as a legal term describing the buying or selling of items in their existing condition, but nearly a hundred years later, it also began to be used more generally to describe actions carried out…

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Could South African stars be eyeing up moves to top English clubs?


The Rugby Pod this week brought up some interesting discussions on the possible futures of two South African stars.

Kwagga Smith and RG Snyman are both highly rated by rugby fans across the globe, and a move to England is a possibility for both of these players.

Andy Goode spoke about how well Kwagga Smith would fit into a team like Saracens with his high work rate off the ball. Current Saracens back-row Jackson Wray plays in a similar way to Smith, and with the latter being 3 years younger, a move to the London-based club could be a possibility. Harlequins was also mentioned as a good fit for Smith, providing some much-needed pace to the back row.

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RG Snyman has also being touted as a potential future Sale Sharks player with Goode highlighting how…

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Assistant Professor of English, African American Studies



Assistant Professor of English, African American Studies. The Department of English at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis invites applications for a …
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African forced to give up seat on bus – English


(ANSA) – Trento, October 18 – An Italian woman ordered a
young African man who sat beside her on a bus about to leave
Trento for Rome to move to the back of the vehicle, saying
“you’re coloured, you’re of another religion”, sources said
Thursday.
   
The man burst out crying and called for the intervention of
police and in the end he swapped seats with another woman
passenger.
Bus company Flixbus Italia said ti regretted that such an
incident had happened on one of its coaches.
   

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English missionaries to talk about deadly African hostage ordeal


David and Shirley Donovan from Fenland will talk at St Wendreda’s Church in the nearby town of March on 13th October – exactly one year since they were captured in Nigeria.

A former GP, Mr Donovan told the Fenland Citizen newspaper: “We have a real sense of gratitude to all those people, who every evening gave up their time to pray for us.

 

“We really value the support of the people and we want to show our gratitude.

“The talk is a way of contextualising what happened to us, to explain what we were doing and why, what we have learned from the experience and to encourage Christians in the town in their faith.”

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The couple were offering free medical services to…

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African Union ‘dismayed’ at Salvini, says ‘migrants aren’t slaves’ – English


(ANSA) – Rome, September 19 – The African Union expressed “dismay” on Wednesday after Italian Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini reportedly compared migrants to slaves. “The African Union Commission expresses dismay at the comments made by the Italian Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo Salvini, at a recent conference in Vienna at which he likened African immigrants to slaves,” the AU said in a statement. “It is the view of the African Union that name-calling will not resolve the migration challenges facing Africa and Europe”.
    Salvini had a verbal spat with Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn after reportedly saying “we don’t need to have new slaves to replace the children we no longer produce” last week. “In the interests of constructive…

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