n.— «The source of laughter is the name Dodi which, according to the way it is pronounced, would be spelt “Dhodhi” in Shona and is used euphemistically in everyday conversation as a polite way of referring to human waste or faeces. A corruption of the English word “dirt” (meaning filth), dhodhi (singular) or madhodhi (plural) is used in everyday speech in place of the actual Shona word for human waste, “matuzvi” which, among the overly prudish Shona people is considered vulgar.» —“Time for names Chimurenga” by Mbulawa Moyo Financial Gazette (South Africa) Aug. 5, 2004. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

Tagged with →  

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.