Afrikaans South Africa

Die aap is uit die mou

Expression USED Frequently BY south africans

(the monkey is out of the sleeve) • Used when a long kept secret becomes known/comes out.

Die paartjie kuier al 'n lang tyd bymekaar, maar niemand het dit geweet tot nou nie. Die aap is uit die mou!

The couple have been seeing each other for a long time, but no one knew about it. The monkey is out of the sleeve!


Afrikaans South Africa

Koebaai Meraai

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Some People

(Goodbye Meraai) • Meraai is a name often associated with the Cape coloured community of South Africa. It is especially used in jokes and funny stories. Koebaai is an Afrikaansified term for the English goodbye. These two terms rhyme which gives this phrase a playful connotation.

“Koebaai Meraai.”

“Goodbye Meraai.”

Afrikaans South Africa


Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(n.) • (yellow peach rain) • This expression refers to a type of rain that occurs around the time when yellow peaches come in season in South Africa. It describes a type of soft, but persistent rain.

"Dis regte geelperkereën wat nou val."

"It's real yellow peach rain falling at the moment."

Afrikaans South Africa and Namibia


Word USED Frequently BY Adults

(n.) • (drunken grief) • Someone has "dronkverdriet" when they are crying, emotional or depressed after they drank a lot of alcohol.

"Hoekom huil sy? Sy het dronkverdriet want sy het te veel gedrink."

"Why is she crying? She has drunken grief because she drank too much."