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GLOSSARY

Ki-Swahili
asantesana thank you very much
askari policeman, soldier
boma administrative headquarters — also used for livestock enclosure
duka shop
funga close, pack
jambo  general salutation, e.g. hello, good-morning, etc.
kanga brightly coloured muslin wrap
 kanzu  a cassock-type full length robe worn by domestic servants in colonial days
 karani  clerk
 kodi  poll tax
 kwaheri  goodbye
 manyatta  homestead, hut, village (Masai)
 masikini  beggar, pauper
 memsahib  Madam, Mrs.
 moran  warrior
 mtoto juvenile, small boy
 mvuli  teak
 neopara  headman
 posho  maize meal
 safari  journey, trip
 sasahivi  just now, quickly, soon
 shamba  field, farm
 shauri  complaint, problem
 sufuria  cooking pot
 shuka  calico sheet wrapped around body
 uhuru  freedom
 upepo  breeze
 zawadi  gift

 

 Turkana
 ekichalong  Turkana/Suk headrest/stool

 

 Boran
farso   liquor

 

 Konkani*
 sorpotel  spicy pork dish made with diced pork, liver, etc.
 susegad    quiet, restful
 vindaloo  spicy pork dish
 (*lingua franca of the Goans)