One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
proper nounthe Witwatersrand
A region of South Africa, around the city of Johannesburg. Consisting of a series of parallel rocky ridges, it forms a watershed between the Vaal and Olifant Rivers. The region contains rich gold deposits, first discovered in 1886. Also called the Rand.
Afrikaans, literally ‘ridge of white waters’.
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