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Shame or sharp

Mallory Primm
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Although one of Swaziland’s official languages is English, Swaziland version of English is sometimes hard to follow but when in doubt one of these two words will always work: “shame” and “sharp.” "Shame" can be used anytime to express sadness. It is used in many circumstances, from missing a shot in a soccer game, to stubbing your toe, to offering condolence for the loss of a loved one. "Sharp" (pronounced Shaap) is used for every positive exclamation. It is often accompanied by a double thumbs-up. These two phrases can get you around Swaziland pretty well, even in places were siSwati is more common than English.

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