South African slang word of the day: Double-up

With 11 official languages it is a surprise that the most commonly used language in South Africa is slang, it has its origins in different languages mainly Zulu, Xhosa, and Afrikaans which fall under the top 5 most spoken languages in South Africa.

Slang sometimes referred to as ‘South Africanisms‘ borrows from a variety of South African languages and cultures to make the most commonly used slang words.

Slang words show up in our daily conversation, words such as “Howzit” and “Fede” equivalent to ‘hello’ or ‘how are you?’ are some of the most frequently used slang words.


Double-up – simply means a lesser-known shortcut.

So how do you use it in an english sentence?

Here’s an example: Before you reach the main road, there’s double-up on your left.

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