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144 months ago

Susan Angove (a guest user) asked this question:

Language pair:

Zulu > English

Subject:

Arts / Entertainment

Level of diffculty:

Easy / medium

Word or term in question:

Nkalakatha

Context:

Word in a song

Keywords:

Title of a song by Mandoza

 

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144 months ago

LANGUAGE EXCELLENCE  See profile wrote:

'top dog'

My comment:

This is a word used in township street lingo to refer to someone who is highly regarded in the circles he/she moves in. Looking at its grammatical construction it seems that it derives from the verb stem 'khalakatha/ela' which implies a going down a steep slope or hole. Due to various factors it was adopted by the youth as the name for someone they would regard as a 'boss' of sorts.

My references:

English -Zulu dictionary by Nyembezi; friends

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