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Talk the talk: A-Z of South African football slang

Don't know your babbelas from your tekkies? You’d better learn how to make yourself understood at the World Cup 2010.

Ag (a-ch). Exclamation similar to the English urgh. Pronounce the Afrikaans ‘g’ as you would ‘ch’ in loch. ‘Ag, no man! He's missed a sitter!’

Amasi (a-mar-si). Or simply maas. Traditional drink made from soured milk. It can be drunk on its own or served with phutu – plain cooked maize meal – and sugar for breakfast – essential before your liquid lunch.

Babbelas (bub-a-lars). Hangover - usually rather a bad one – even if you’ve had the Amasi. ‘Hello, hello. Great party last night. How's your head? Are you a bit babbelas?’

Bra (brah) or bru. Nothing to do with underwear at all, but an informal term for ‘my friend’ or ‘mate’, who you’ll be hugging and kissing in a drunken frenzy each night. 'He's my bra but that team he supports is rubbish.’

And of course, Diski (dis-ky). Football in township slang. ‘I love diski. I watch as many games as I can.’

And if you’re going to be supporting England, you can’t do without Mampara (mum-pa-ruh). Fool or idiot. ‘Hey, Rooney! Stop behaving like such a mampara.’

Oh and you’ll need to indentify yourself as a Fundi (foon-dy). An expert or knowledgeable person, ‘Eh? You're bit of a fundi on the stats then, aren't you?’

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