One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural tanniesSouth African
A woman who is older than the speaker (often used as a respectful and affectionate title or form of address)‘I knew I was grown up when a teenager called me tannie’
- ‘I post this shot for my best Tannie, Tannie Margo.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘But sitting in the lounge and eating my boerekos off my lap, surrounded by these lovely Tannies and their bubbling laughter, I had one of the most deeply satisfying meals I have had in years.’
- ‘My mama told me it's good manners to say Oom and Tannie’
- ‘Now tannie Ella had a pilletjie, poeiertjie, salfie en pleister for every occasion and medical emergency.’
Afrikaans, literally ‘auntie’, familiar form of tante (see tante).
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