One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Progressives' preferred image of the diviner was of a ‘knave’ preying on the credulity of ignorant backvelders to defraud them.’
- ‘Apparently this was an attempt by the Backvelders to challenge the enthusiasm of the townspeople in the various centres who had been passing loyal resolutions in favour of the expedition and of confidence in the Union Government.’
- ‘Among the Backvelders there appeared to have been some misunderstanding as to whether the South Africans were subjects or merely friends of the British Government.’
- ‘To his surprise he found there a Boer with a long, unkempt bearda "backvelder," or, as we call it, a "takhaar," of the most pronounced type.’
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