what living things eat.
- Pharos English Dictionary for South African Schools
His/her eyes are bigger than his/her stomach - Someone takes more food than he/she can manage to eat.
- Pharos English for all
A staple food for many in South Africa is mealies. The word has a convoluted etymology: it is a re-spelling of the Afrikaans mielie, which is probably derived from the Portuguese mihlo, which in turn comes from Latin milium for grain, especially millet. In his Long Walk to Freedom (1994), Nelson Mandela points out that 'Maize (what we call mealies and the people in the West call corn)', along with sorghum, beans and pumpkins, made up most of his childhood diet, 'not because of any inherent preference for these foods, but because the people could not afford anything richer'.
- Pharos Say Again? The other side of South African English
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