SA Languages Word of the Day

Drawing from 11 official languages, South Africa’s slang reflects the country’s rich – and unique – diversity.

South African slang word of the day: iSgubhu

Don’t we all just love to learn new slang? Here’s a South African slang word to help you connect and unite with different cultures.

SA Languages Word of the Day

Drawing from 11 official languages, South Africa’s slang reflects the country’s rich – and unique – diversity.

As a South African, whether you’re street or not, you’ve probably heard the word isgubhu a few times but left unsure of what it really means.

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SOUTH AFRICAN SLANG WORD OF THE DAY: ISGUBHU

The word isgubhu or simply sgubhu, most popular in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town townships, initially meant music drums or a bassline before it later referred to all dance music.

The origin of the word, as with most Mzansi slang words, is in the streets, where words can be created by anyone with the artistic creativity and a habit of loud, endless talking.

So how do you use it in an English sentence?

Here’s an example: “We want to dance, please play some sgubhu” or “South Africans love any song with isgubhu.”

THIS WEEK’S MZANSI SLANG WORD:

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Thursday 8 December – iTransi

Friday 9 December – iDladla.

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