A colloquial expression derived from Xhosa, “eish” is an exclamation of disbelief, disapproval or regret.
Why do South Africans say Eish?
More a sound than a word, it’s usually used at the beginning of a sentence to communicate surprise or disbelief. So, someone might for example say, Eish, this music is kwaaai! And recently the meaning of eish has moved on, and it’s also being used to mean ‘brilliant’ or ‘cool’, as in, This music is the eish!
What is Eish in Afrikaans?
Eish [aysh] is a colloquial exclamation of surprise, disapproval, exasperation or regret derived from Xhosa. Eg. ‘Eish, my cell phone broke’.
What does the name Eish mean?
/ (eɪʃ) / interjection. Southern African an exclamation expressive of surprise, agreement, disapproval, etc.
What does ish mean in Africa?
@katylowry15 Its not Afrikaans but rather comes from the Bantu languages ish – wow, awe, what!?, a surprised reaction.
Does South Africa use UK or US English?
South African English
In general, the English spoken in Africa is more related to British English than American English. Over the centuries some words from native and other languages also became part of the South African English vocabulary.
What does Mara mean in South Africa?
Mara (pron. mah-rah) – but (eg. ‘ mara why?’ – ‘ but why?) [from the Afrikaans word ‘maar’ meaning ‘but’]
What does Haibo mean in South Africa?
12. Jislaaik, Jussie, Jo, Haibo, and Haw | Used to express surprise or confusion. Example: “Jislaaik bru, that was a big wave!” or “Haibo, you’re not 21.”
How do you spell Eish?
Definition of ‘eish‘
Eish, pronounced aysh, is what they say round here when things don’t quite go according to plan. Go on, try it – eish.