Braai slang and Etiquette
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Being a Braaimaster is not just about cooking the meat perfectly but also about knowing what to say and having the right braai-etiquette! Read on dudes and dudettes!
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Right, let’s get you familiar with some [South African] braai slang so you fit the part of Host and Braaimaster!
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Braai [br-eye] is a widely used noun and verb for an outdoor ‘barbecue’ where meat is cooked over a fire or coals. Eg. ‘We’re having a braai tomorrow.’
Eish [aysh] is a colloquial exclamation of surprise, disapproval, exasperation or regret derived from Xhosa. Eg. ‘Eish, you burnt the wors’.
Is it? [izzit] is an expression frequently used in conversation meaning ‘Is that so?’ or ‘Really?’. Eg. “The Sharks won this weekend.” Your reply: “Izzit?”
The Braai Master must light the fire.
The Braai Master must decide the all important Meat Sequence.
The Braai Master is charge of the Turning of the Meat.
The Braai Master must maintain good Coal Management.
As easy as 1,2,3,4,5
1. Chicken 2. Wors 3. Chops 4. Steak 5. Braaibroodtjies
The Braaimaster may decide his own Meat Sequence, but then he cannot blame us for poor results. Adventurous Braaiers have tried a 3,1,2,5,4 combo or even a 2,3,1,4,5 combo. But never ever try the 4,3,5,2,1 combo.
Never let your Braaimaster stand in the smoke.
If there is not enough space and someone must stand in the smoke, then it must fall on the last guy to join the braai.
A Spectator must respect the Braaimaster’s abilities and keep his opinions about the braai to himself.
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