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Scamto in the news

From:Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 8, 2005, 23:00
By Rebecca Harrison

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Fancy some Jesus and his
brothers, or a ride in a g-string? And why is it that
abantu abu baie bane kwal'nge-cherry?

This is South Africa's latest street slang -- a mix of
the 11 official languages with nicknames thrown in for
beer, cars, weapons and sexual positions that has
grown out of the country's sprawling townships.

Hailed by its fans as a symbol of the country's
diversity 11 years after the end of apartheid,
"scamto" has become the language of choice for South
Africa's black urban youth and its first exhaustive
guide is due out next month.

Complee story at


bob thornton <arcanesock@...>