Archive for ‘Xhosa wordnerdery’

September 13th, 2014

qha

(Xhosa) Only, that’s it (the q is pronounced as a soft click).

September 12th, 2014

sika

(Xhosa) To cut, cutting (onomatopoeic).

September 11th, 2014

dina

(Xhosa) To tire or bore.

September 10th, 2014

idyasi kamkhwenyana

(Xhosa) Condom. From “idyasi” (jacket) and “kamkhwenyana” (son-in-law’s).

September 9th, 2014

zuma

(Xhosa) To ambush; to sneak around with evil intent. Colloquially “izuma” means “rapist”.

September 8th, 2014

ze

(Xhosa) Naked, bare.

September 7th, 2014

isigidimi

(Xhosa) Runner, messenger.

September 6th, 2014

aa!

(Xhosa) Hail thee!, when referring to a chief of king.

September 5th, 2014

ebusika

(Xhosa) Winter.

September 4th, 2014

khumbul’ekhaya

(Xhosa) To be reminded of home. The title of a popular South African TV show. From “khumbula” (miss) and “ekhaya” (at home).