Monday, 21 April 2014
We are heading downhill of the A to Z Blog Challenge and today we'll be chatting about something that is a big part of South African culture.
Rooibos [pronounced roy-bos] (Redbush) Tea. The leaves are used to make an herbal tea called Rooibos
My kids grew up on this stuff because it contains no caffeine and low tannin levels. They called it "juice" until they were about two years old. It has great health and nutritional benefits and assists with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems.
The second Southafricanism I am going to talk about is The Robot.
In South Africa, when we talk about a robot, we don't mean a wee metallic man who moves with a couple of taps from a remote control, we mean a set of traffic lights. The etymology of the word derives from a description of early traffic lights as robot policemen, which then got truncated with time.
In South Africa you “jump” the robot, rather than go through it.
Usage: Jump the robot and take a short [first] left.