Friday, 11 February 2011

Mzansi fo sho!

On SABC1, one of the national television stations in South Africa, the slogan "Mzansi fo sho" is repeated ad nauseum. Since I've not been in the country for a year, it is still quite new to me, so while other people may be used to it, I'm still intrigued by it.

It is an interesting Xhoza expression. "Mzansi" basically means Southern -- like in, Southern Africa or South Africa. As far as I can tell, the latter part of the slogan "fo sho" is a pigeon of "for sure", which is used as slang to mean certainly / definitely / exactly / that is right. It is an expression of affirmation, agreement, even praise. In its entirety, "Mzansi fo sho" kind of means that "The South is the best."

I like it.
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