noun kwerikweri plural amakwerekwere
- (South African) A foreign visitor to a township. When the foreigners came to the townships they couldnt speak any of the local black languages. The sound of their babble sounded like kwirikwirikwiri to the locals.
Etymology: onomatopoetic, Onomatopoetic: see definition below:
2000:Nigerian Man 1 in bar: 'We came here just like every other nation. Just like Indians, Asians, Europeans. But we are the only people they call "". Zaa: '"a derogatory name for foreigners?' Nigerian Man 1: 'They call the blacks "", they don"t call the whites "".http://www.carteblanche.mnet.co.za/Display/Display.asp?Id=1559
2003: The women in particular recounted instances of being called amakwerekwere by strangers: "If they see you are foreigner, you are "kwerekwere". They give the name for all foreigners, "kwerekwere (Hélène). This derogatory term for foreigners refers to the unintelligible sounds of a foreign language.http://www.queensu.ca/samp/migrationresources/xenophobia/research/warner.pdf
2006 "the township residents involved in the attacks invaded the homes and businesses owned by 'amakwerekwere and stole their money and other property. - Weekend Argus May 13/14 2006 p.1.
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