Also known as 'tsotsi taal' or 'township talk', scamto is a new youth language that has formed in South Africa. Spoken usually only by the youth, scamto comprises a mix of many languages. Some of the languages include Afrikaans, Sotho, Zulu, English and Xhosa. South Africa's large cultural melting pot is the cause of this informal language, because with every new day South Africans are finding different ways in which to interact with each other on different levels. 2 Scamto Dictionaries have been written and published by author, Lebo Motshegoa. The first book was published in 2002 under a title, Scamto Dictionary. The second offering was published in 2005, titled, Township Talk.
Here are some examples of scamto:
Mashesha - right now, or let get there now.
Jigga jigga - movement in terms of dancing, or fornication.
Entlik - prefix to pose a question, as in: "Entlik, what's the time?"
Amajita - the boys, the chaps
Askies - regret
Abafana - the boys, the chaps
Blind - exciting/embarrassing
Blesser - Sugar daddy (Usually for Sexual relations only)
But-Bae - Sugar daddy or Blesser
Cheese boy - spoilt brat
Ekse - used as in: "I say, where are we?" or "Waar is ons ekse?"
G-string - BMW (because of the look of the front grill)
Groot man - Older Man (This is normally used as a sign of respect to someone older than you)
Harambe - to unite
Harde - an apology
Last dish - supper
Lalela - listen
Lova - unemployed person
Loxion - township
Pantsula - dance movement inspired by Sophiatown.
Peena - unlock/open, used as in "Peena this car man!"
Pluck - bravery
Reverse - a woman's behind
Scufftin - Lunchbox
Themba - trust, as in: "No themba, no deal."
Waai - let's cruise, as in: "Come now, let's waai my friend."
Woza - come near
Zozo - shack/hut in township
Zala - give birth