​IZZIT? – “Mutually Un-friended by this Difference” – Words on Facebook

Some words and phrases today mainly associated with social media have been around for a long time


Izzit? – More on language evolution: Open University’s animated ‘History of English’ video

More on the history of the English language, this time from The Open University in the form of an 11 minute animated video on YouTube.

​Izzit? – F-bombs and other profanities are ‘central to the human experience’

Do you get through the day without having to swear? Or do you swear like a trooper? An author contends that the norm lies somewhere in between. (Caution: article contains profanity)

Heads & tails: ‘kop’ and ‘gat’ in South African English

The words ‘kop’ and ‘gat’ are used in a variety of ways in South African English. Occurring mostly in compound forms – such as chiskop, malkop, loskop, and tikkop; and gatvol, hardegat, kaalgat, and windgat – they have shown great durability and flexibility in constructing new meanings.

South Africa’s culture of umrabulo

Umrabulo refers to political discussion and debate, dating from the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. It may be undergoing something of a revival

​Lies, all lies – “manga manga” in SA English

The phrase "manga manga business" was popularised in English in South Africa in the last decade, largely as a result of advertising, though its history goes well beyond that. GQOM breaks down "manga manga", looks at its etymology and meaning, and gives examples of contemporary use.

Language in the future – Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City

South African English plays a key role in constructing character identities in Lauren Beukes' Zoo City