Word for the Travel Wise (07/29/06)

A long time ago I said I wouldn’t post any naughty or disrespectful words in the languages posted mainly because you’re not likely to make friends using them and I’m all about collecting friends over enemies in foreign lands. However, this thought process of mine is not always one of another human being and therefore it is not a two way street. In the event I’m heading down a narrow-minded one way street in Johannesburg or just happen to over hear the use of certain negative words I’d still like to know their meaning. That being said here’s something you probably don’t want to be called while journeying South Africa…

Today’s word is an Afrikaans word used in South Africa:

dof – a derogatory term that describes someone who is a little dim-witted

For learning Afrikaans online check out this Afrikaans.us site and Ominglot guide with additional links. Aviva has a nice list of words with their translations you may hear most commonly during your visit in the country. Parties with some knowledge of the language may wish to do some reading over at this blog all in Afrikaans. I haven’t a clue what the content is about, but it could come in handy. Note that the name Afrikaans is simply the Dutch word for African where Afrikaans is the African form of the Dutch Language.

Past Afrikaans words: bly stil , plakkies, woestyn