Things ewe never kn’ewe about South African place names by Ann Gadd

  • Category: Place Names / Sheep
  • SKU: 9781770266469
  • Publisher: Map Studios
  • Description: Things ewe never Kn’ewe about South African place names is a humorous look at the place names of South Africa, written and illustrated by Ann Gadd. Origins, mysteries & folklore surrounding the sometimes odd names that appear on the South African landscape.

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Funny facts about South Africa’s place names and the people who visited them, from South Africa’s most popular ‘sheep’ artist.

· Which South African fathered over 350 kids?
· Ever wondered why Baarskeerdersbos (Beard Shavers Bush) got its name?
· Who explored South Africa in the 1700’s with a pet baboon as his official taster?
· Where did the name Tietiesbaai originated?
· Where did the word Gentoo (not the penguin) originate in South Africa and why does it refer to a prostitute?
· What made Rev. A.J. Olivier name a town Reivilo?
· Which animal is responsible for the most place names in South Africa?

Find out the answers to these questions and much more interesting information in Things ewe never k’newe about South African place names.

Things ewe never Kn’ewe about South African place names is a humorous look at the place names of South Africa, written and illustrated by Ann Gadd. Origins, mysteries & folklore surrounding the sometimes odd names that appear on the South African landscape. It is an entertaining and informative book that gives accurate historical content on South African place names and origins, overlaid with Ann’s offbeat humour and accompanied by her quirky sheep illustrations.

The examination of place name origins is seldom an exact science and different research can result in different opinions, which she lists. From Pearston to Pofadder, Klein Mier Nommer Een to Knapdaar, each place has a fascinating story to tell about the name origin and historical characters.

This book offers great historical content on South Africa in an accessible format. It’s a great reference every home should have or an ideal gift for family and friends.

Reviews

“Things ewe never Kn’ewe about South African place names is an entertaining and informative book that gives accurate historical content on South African place names and origins, overlaid with Ann’s offbeat humour and accompanied by her quirky sheep illustrations.”

– www.doitnow.co.za

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“If you have ever wondered where names such as Die Hel, Dronkvlei, Tietiesbaai, Ga-Rankuwa, Kamanassie and Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodge-skietfontein (yes, this is a real name!) came from, then this book is for you.”

– Asanda Mcoyana, Drive South Africa

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“This smile-a-page little gem should be a permanent travel companion for anybody with the urge to explore South Africa’s foreign horizons and the many treasures it is home to.”

– Henrie Geyser, Bizcommunity

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“It is an eye-opening book, showing the humour, drama, narcissism, mistranslation, and sheer variety of languages from which places in South Africa got their names.”

– Heloise Hunter, Trail Magazine

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“The book is well researched and there are touches of humour as well all drawings of sheep in various poses.It will keep ewe amused for hours and it is a book ewe’ll dip into again and again.”

– Brain Joss, Atlantic Sun

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