So, in 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.
2. Exactly what "now-now"
It 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 intersection
Cellphone 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. What a "Gatsby" really is...
And why chips are a perfectly acceptable filling for a bread roll.