Every country has its idiosyncrasies and we sure are no exception.
So, on that spirit — here are some things only South Africans will understand…
1. The true meaning of the word ‘shame’Foreigners just don’t get it. You see a cute kitten: you say shame. Your friend has a baby: you say shame. Your brother’s car is written off: you say shame. You see someone weeping at the airport: you say shame. One word = many situations. Hits the spot every time.
My Dad: "He's dead now…shame" #thingssouthafricanssay— Nic Smit (@Agent_Smit) October 13, 2010
2. Exactly what “now-now” meansIt means you’ll be there now-now. No, not now – now-now. You know, just now. Not, not right now – just now. What’s not to get?
3. Shopping at traffic intersectionsCellphone chargers, juice boxes, inflatable toys for the kids, those net covers to keep flies off food, cowboy hats, dog beds, beach chairs… All this could be yours at a roll-down of your window!
4. “Ja, nee”A perfectly acceptable way to engage in conversation.
5. The importance of a balanced diet
6. What a “Gatsby” really is…
Jirre, I am craving a masala chicken #gatsby from Aneesa's so badly right now. #capetown #hometalk #southafrica pic.twitter.com/Lzfdy3kUlr— Sieraaj Ahmed (@SieraajAhmed) August 22, 2016
And why chips are a perfectly acceptable filling for a bread roll.
7. On that note… melktert
Pure joy made edible. In fact, if you need a pick-me-up: 5 of our favourite milk tart recipes
8. How to jolWe taught Ed Sheeran how to do it too.
You can read more about that here.
9. What the animal on the Zoo Biscuit really isIt’s a giraffe, ne?
10. Why these are flippin’ funny.
#YouKnowYoureSouthAfricanWhen "you have insufficient airtime to make a call .. please load airtime " 😒 pic.twitter.com/orCU7XDglx— bbyangelnextdoor (@dippedinchoc) May 30, 2015
#YouKnowYoureSouthAfricanWhen your mom has a folder labeled "braai music" on her laptop— Reptilian Overlord (@dustyears) November 27, 2015
11. How to pronounce Charlize Theron’s surnameEven if Charlize has forgotten. Don’t worry, we’ll keep reminding her.
SA, you are truly one of a kind.