One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounSouth African
A game in which a peg is thrown at a stake.
- ‘The games could include iintonga, (stick fighting) or those related to aiming at targets such as upuca (throwing stones) or jukskei (throwing wooden pins) - or even fly-fishing and waterpolo.’
- ‘Older adults engage in jukskei, a competition from pioneer days.’
South African Dutch, from Dutch juk ‘yoke’ + skei ‘pin’; the game was originally played with sticks from an animal's yoke.
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