Members of the Académie Française, that shady body which decides on neologisms to be incorporated into French, are called immortals. Does Afrikaans have anything similar? Oompies who decide whether “zef” is ware Afrikaans? If not, they should sign some up chop-chop, as they come in useful. The Guardian reports on the runner-up for new French bon mot of the year: aigriculteur. Which is an “i” added to agriculteur (farmer) with aigri meaning embittered and aie translated as ouch! So the new word denotes a fed-up farmer and there are surely many of those in SA. Especially if they make wine.

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Does Afrikaans have any immortals?

Members of the Académie Française, that shady body which decides on neologisms to be incorporated into French, are called immortals. Does Afrikaans have anything similar? Oompies who decide whethe

 
 

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