Meaning of Isicamtho in English:


Pronunciation /ɪsɪˈkamtəʊ/

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(also Scamto)
South African
  • A hybrid street language originating in the Johannesburg townships, probably in the 1950s, consisting predominantly of Zulu, Afrikaans, and English.

    Originally used by gangs as a secret language, but now widely incorporated into music genres and colloquial speech, especially by young people.


1980s. From Isicamtho Isiqamtho from isi-, class prefix denoting a language + an inflected form of Zulu -qamunda to talk volubly (or its cognate in a related language).