Day One of The A to Z Blog Challenge and we're finally here! I was late signing up this year (this is my fourth year doing the challenge) and so I am #1055 on the list
A huge, South African welcome to all the old Plonkers and all the new visitors to my wee bloggy.
My Theme for the A to Z Blog Challenge this year is SouthAfricanisms.
So, sit back, relax and you just may be enlightened about South Africa and the jargon we speak. It is such a beautiful country, that has so much to offer and so many different cultures and quirks.
We start with the Letter A...
Ayoba [pronounced ah-yoh-ba] is a slang term used by South Africans to express amazement. Its is derived from other slang terms like "Ayeye" and "Ayoyoyo". It was originally meant as an approval or appreciation of good dancing, other the exact origins of the phrase are unknown.
"Ayoba" is thought to have roots in a Johannesburg township culture. It also became really popular during our hosting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Even a major cellphone network, MTN, snapped up the word and used it in all their television commercials.
It is uniquely and proudly South African and expresses delight, excitement, agreement and approval. It's also used as a greeting.
All-in-all a brilliant Southafricanism.
Usage : Crowd surfin' is totally ayoba!