voetsek

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From Afrikaans voertsek, voortsek, short form(s) of voort sê ek (go on I say).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈfʊtsɑk/, /ˈvʊtsɑk/

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voetsek

  1. (South Africa) get lost! go away! An exclamation of dismissal or rejection.
    • 1996, Drum: A Magazine of Africa for Africa, page 17:
      One house owner was upset when he realised the potential buyer was a black man and hurled insults at him. "He called me a kaffir and other insulting names," Arthur says with a laugh. "As we left he screamed at us to 'voetsek'. I thought it was funny enough to make a good song."
    • 2013, Radmer Lenasch, Paper Samurai, page 149:
      At that moment, I heard a cry from behind the tightening ring. “Hey! Voetsek you skelems!” The young ruffians parted to reveal the old Zulu man.

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