For additional assistance with story ideas, general advice and information or help with seeking further experts, please email the UQ Media Team or telephone (07) 3365 1120.There has always been disagreement on these American shores as to just what the “best” English is.The following lists slang borrowings from the Nguni Bantu languages (which include Zulu and Xhosa).
Bailey argues that geography is largely behind our fluid evaluations of what constitutes “proper” English.
Early Americans were often moving westward, and the East Coast, unlike European cities, birthed no dominant urban standard.
Unless otherwise noted these words do not occur in formal South African English.
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