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A partially self-governing area set aside during the period of apartheid for a particular indigenous African people; a so-called homeland.
- ‘You mean, that little spot on the map is not a former Bantustan?!’
- ‘They ran the Bantustans and helped administer the Bantu Authorities Act.’
- ‘There are obvious parallels with the creation of so-called tribal homelands, or Bantustans by the Apartheid regime in South Africa.’
- ‘White South Africans invented the Bantustans to pen black people into defined reservoirs of labor, being allowed to leave only when working for white South Africa.’
- ‘It's not even Bantustans, like in apartheid South Africa, that they have in mind.’
From Bantu + -stan, on the pattern of words such as Hindustan.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.