One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A man, especially an older one.
- ‘I almost get lost when I get of the highway, but luckily I run into a friendly oom and tannie and they point me in the right direction (Note to self… do not trust a map downloaded from the Internet).’
- ‘I phoned about 6 different electricians in the yellow pages, all 24 hr hotlines… but no answer… until finally some oom and tannie kuiring in god knows where answered.’
- 1.1 Used as a respectful and affectionate form of address to an older man.‘good morning, oom’
Afrikaans, literally ‘uncle’, from Dutch.
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