Right then. I know why our New Zealand cousins are called Kiwis. It's 'cos of the big fat bird that can't fly, innit. :lol:

And I also know that our Australian brethren are called Dinks, 'cos that's the noise a convict's head makes when hit by a shovel. :lol:

BUT (Safeguard) I have no idea why our South Africal pals are referred to as Yarpies! Can any of you old and bold put me out my misery so I can die happy?


War Hero
Book Reviewer
yarpie (noun)

(context, pejorative, slang) A Caucasian South African man.

Etymology: From Africaans 'japie', or 'plaasjapie' meaning farm-boy.The origins go back to the early 20th century (possibly earlier) when economic circumstances forced rural Africans onto the mines. 'Japie' or 'plaasjapie' was a term of derision implying 'ignorant, uneducated, rural African'.

Thanks Sarge! Now I can stop worrying about the origin of the word! I never thought of Googling what I always thought was just a Pusser's nick name.


Lantern Swinger
My father who servrd in the western desert used to sing a song

There's 20,000 Yarpies in the old Transvaal
But none at Mersah Matru.

This refered to the Africaners who understandably would not join the British army

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