Word Play January 23 2010

How about a little "word play" today? In the event that you ever travel to South Africa, it's good to know a few phrases that might just help you out. Here you go: Petrol is gas The boot is the trunk of your car To get transport is to get a ride Takkies are sneakers (it took me a long time to figure this one out) Howzit? is a way of saying "hello" or "how's it going" Is it? is an all purpose phrase that can be used in any time where "really?", "uh-huh", etc. would be appropriate. A spaza is an informal store found on the roadside especially in the townships and remote areas Dumela is Tswana for "hello" regardless of the time of day. There is no phrase for "good morning", "good afternoon", etc. Yebo is Zulu for "yes" Danki is Afrikaans for "thank you" While these phrases may have their origin in one language or another, they tend to be used universally.