The world is fast becoming a place of common language – lingo. However, it seems all languages have developed their own lingo, a witty and casual diction that the enlightened urban youth usually indulges in. In this article, Live Magazine takes you through ‘Kasi’ (township) and English Lingo. The world is becoming connected, languages mixed and inter-twined, words are being shortened and derived from other languages. One may consider this as a trend of the YOLO generation. Newsflash: Deriving of words and ‘slangin’ began way back, ya’ll dig (You all understand) ?
Lingo and the meaning thereto
‘Finna’ (Usually used by black Americans): Trying to
Ek sé, Exe (Derived from the Afrikaans language, this word is mostly used by black people in South African Townships): Also used to express light bemusement, this word can also mean ‘Hey’; ‘I say…’ etc.
‘Huzet?’: Borrowed from the English language, this word is common across almost all townships in Mzantsi. The term has multiple meanings – it can mean ‘What?’; ‘How are you?; ‘How are things?’ and ‘Why?’
‘Moja’: The term means ‘cool’ and ‘ayt’, which both mean OK and/or alright.
‘Major’: This is copied from the term ‘moja’, and it’s meaning is also the same, but usually used to say ‘big up!’