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tromboning

tromboning  n.— «A prime example is the historical monopolisation of the telecoms sector by Telkom. In order to deliver cheaper calls we have been forced to resort to a method called tromboning. Here, we actually re-route calls to...

packing for Perth

packing for Perth  n.— «The onslaught of unsettling news has proved too much for some with the means to flee. No reliable numbers are kept on emigration, but “packing for Perth”—a phrase used to describe white flight, not necessarily to...

play pump

play pump  n.— «Two men in South Africa recognized that the average woman in rural Africa has to walk three miles to get clean water. And they created something called “play pumps,” which is a hydraulic system, in which they...

fong kong

fong kong  n.—Gloss: in South Africa and Zimbabwe, a product from Asia, usually believed to be shoddy and cheap. Note: The expression seems to be used both as a count and noncount noun. A similar term is zhing zhong. «Several traders said...

woolsack weathering

woolsack weathering  n.— «I now know that South Africa is, in part, one of the planet’s oldest continental fragments. I also have a name for the ageing process of those jumbled Karoo koppies—it’s called “woolsack weathering,” which...

stunt pomping

stunt pomping  n.— «Wyngaard said teenagers had been filming themselves while engaged in sexual activities for at least two years, but the practice had only recently been exposed.…He said they had spent the first week of the month...