Creative South African phrases that got Mzansi's stamp of approval

Creative South African phrases that got Mzansi's stamp of approval

South African are super creative, especially when it comes to expressing their uniqueness. It's to be expected from a country with a diverse and colourful culture such as South Africa has. There are a number of phrases that blew up in 2018 and everyone who is anyone started saying them.

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South Africans know how to spice things up when it comes to language. Just listen to the conversations in the streets of Mzansi and you'll notice it's actually surprisingly creative.

With that said, sometimes new phrases make their way into conversations and while some of them fade away, others stick around. took a look at the most popular phrases of 2018 that might decide to hang around in 2019 as well.

These phrases were brought to and used by SA celebs and that may explain why they became so popular.

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Iss too much!- Rob Minga Jnr

This is said when something 'issa vibe or mood'. Normally used when a situation is lit.

Ey awume wena - Black Coffee

This phrase is used in a situation when you'd say 'talk to the hand'. Could be heard when people are arguing.

O tlo ntena wena very soon - Julius Malema

This phrase means something like 'you are about to annoy me' but normally is said when a person has already become annoying and is close to being taught a lesson.

O tlo nyela meisikend - Bonang Matheba

While this means 'after school is after school', it is used more to tell someone you're going to teach them a lesson. Basically, this is said before punches are rolled and hair is pulled.

Ereng mo ngwaneng - All of Mzansi

The direct translation is 'what is it saying to the child', which doesn't make sense, but it's used when you want to say 'how's that going for you?', according to a report by TimesLIVE.

Kunesandla ses'thathu - Mampintsha

This is used when you feel like your life is just cursed. Like there has to be a witch putting spells on you. When this phrase is said, it means there is a 'third party' involved.

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Ong'DVDyelani manje - Girl from village

The phrase literally means 'why are you making a DVD of me' but that doesn't make too much sense, does it? Well, it refers to when someone is filming or taking a photo of you without permission.

Protect me from yourself - Mmamathe

This became very popular near the end of 2018. You would say this to someone who is verbally attacking you. It means something like 'grab a seat and sit down' and you'll say it to someone you know is trying his luck because you're out of his league.

We can't wait to see what interesting phrases 2019 will bring us!

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