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If you are new to the Mother City, you’ll soon start hearing words like awêh, duidelik, jislaaik, mos or hoesit amongst the locals – from

all backgrounds. These are Cape slang words (lingo) that we mix in-between our sentences or to emphasize a statement. This is just the

way most of us talk...tjy verstaan mos (you do understand...right?). Cape slang stemmed from locals whose first language was Afrikaans

and English their second. They mixed the two languages to string sentences together. This way of talking was sometimes referred to as

“code switching” by outsiders.

 

The “true Cape slang” however stems from the coloured folk in the Cape Flats areas with Afrikaans being their first language. Over very

many years, they have managed to create an entire dialect of their own. Nowhere else in South Africa would you hear a made up language

like the one spoken amongst the coloureds in the Cape Flats areas. They use words that cannot be found in any dictionary...tjy kamma

try (you’re most welcome to try).

 

As locals, we want to celebrate our Cape heritage and culture by means of spreading the “WORDS” on our branded gemaak-innie-kaap

T-shirts. Purchase one (or more ) of our unique Cape Lingo T-shirts en raak wys (and get wise).  To place your order, simply contact Lizar at

gemaakinniekaap@gmail.com for an order form and general procedure.

 
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To us as locals,  Cape Lingo sayings are practically part of our daily vocabulary.  It's difficult to track down the exact meaning behind each

saying as it's used so loosely or "thrown" in a sentence for no apparent reason. We've selected a few of our favourite ones which we'll try to

explain as best we can. However, do bare in mind, that everyone in Cape Town has their own idea of what it could mean...Yep, that's how

we love to roll!

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braai _wear

As locals, we love to braai!!  The smell of braai up one’s nostrils can lift anyone’s mood instantly (except for the neighbour who just hung up

her washing on the line).  If you had a “kak day” (shitty day), simply light a fire, crack open an icy cold beverage and start a braai.  Our

braai tradition is not a Cape Town thing...it’s a South African thing.  Our braai wear is to showcase our national pride.  So, let’s put on our

braai t-shirts, grab a beer, raise our braai tongs and say; “Cheers SA...we love you!!!”

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