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fanakalo

Fa·na·ka·lo
F f

Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fah-nuh-kuh-loh, fah-nuh-kuh-loh]
    • /ˌfɑ nə kəˈloʊ, ˈfɑ nə kəˌloʊ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fah-nuh-kuh-loh, fah-nuh-kuh-loh]
    • /ˌfɑ nə kəˈloʊ, ˈfɑ nə kəˌloʊ/

Definition of fanakalo word

  • noun fanakalo a lingua franca based on English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, and Zulu, used especially in the mines of South Africa. 1

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Origin of fanakalo

First appearance:

before 1945
One of the 6% newest English words
1945-50; < Fanakalo (kuluma) fana ga lo (to speak) like this < Zulu

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Parts of speech for Fanakalo

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

fanakalo popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 59% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 50% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fanakalo usage trend in Literature

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