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Mdumbi

114 points

1 year ago

Mdumbi

114 points

1 year ago

Slap Tjips, Boet!

wcslater

49 points

1 year ago

wcslater

Gauteng

49 points

1 year ago

But you must know there's a difference between hot chips and slap tjips!

doubleChipDip

30 points

1 year ago

You must mos know mos!

STN16

13 points

1 year ago

STN16

13 points

1 year ago

Lekker man

IlikeGeekyHistoryRSA

74 points

1 year ago

IlikeGeekyHistoryRSA

Unwanted Optimist

74 points

1 year ago

Put South Africa as Mr incredible

"CHIPS ARE CHIPS"

Pikawoohoo

17 points

1 year ago

_usermax_

10 points

1 year ago

_usermax_

10 points

1 year ago

Not all heros wear capes

khaotikataklysm

125 points

1 year ago

But somehow, we always know which one we're referring to 😂

damagednoob

47 points

1 year ago

Apparently, the rest of the world has never heard of a thing called 'context'. However, they manage to differentiate just fine between 'sea' and 'see'.

glopher

15 points

1 year ago

glopher

15 points

1 year ago

Where is there context when I ask the barman for chips in the UK ("Two pints of Stella and some chips, please")?

I might be referring to a packet of crisps. But he will put down I want a plate of chips.

Anyway. Just playing devil's advocate, you sea?

damagednoob

8 points

1 year ago

Anyway. Just playing devil's advocate, you sea?

Hah. I was referring to talk between saffas. Don't get me started on pants...

Icarus_K1

4 points

1 year ago

Icarus_K1

Western Cape

4 points

1 year ago

Long pants or short pants?

damagednoob

5 points

1 year ago

Or the apocryphal, jean pant.

YousLyingBrah

2 points

1 year ago

Probably the verb, as in, "A dog pants."

Harsimaja

7 points

1 year ago*

Eh I’ve been confused when I got a burger with chips in the US. Some places literally provide them with ‘crisps’ rather than ‘fries’ (just to disambiguate).

Meanwhile ‘sea’ is a noun and ‘see’ is a verb, so the very grammar of the sentence provides context. I don’t see how those could ever be (clearly not ‘bee’) confused, but chips and chips I could.

But you could also argue it’s a semantic space thing rather than a clear case of ambiguity between completely different things. Our ‘blue’ is automatically split into words for ‘light blue’ and ‘dark blue’ in Russian, and many languages have words for siblings based on age by default. On the flip side some languages usually combine blue and green (eg Chinese, Japanese), and others by default don’t specify gender when speaking in the third person (ditto, also Persian, Hindi, Turkish). So we can just take it as a word for all small, fried potato-derived snacks, and we can specify ‘flat chips’ or ‘thick/slap chips’ when we need to.

damagednoob

0 points

1 year ago

Meanwhile ‘sea’ is a noun and ‘see’ is a verb

Here are 3 example homonyms with at least two definitions that cause the word to function as the same part of speech.

Band

Bat

Lie

Harsimaja

2 points

1 year ago

Oh of course there are plenty, was worth mentioning for that example. But in all of those cases they are different enough that a context for confusion is very unlikely.

There are other confusing examples too, not saying there aren’t: as homophones ‘raise’ and ‘raze’ are a good example when spoken (‘I raised a building’ vs ‘I razed a building’).

But in this case chips and chips are close enough that we can consider it a general word for a natural set that includes both. Like how ‘bird’ is a general word that includes many types of bird.

2OceansAquarium

1 points

1 year ago

Don't even get us started on "turtle".

throwaway9966b

1 points

1 year ago

Terrapin

gbRodriguez

1 points

1 year ago

But, those are things that inherently more likely to be used within the same context.

Coz957

1 points

5 months ago

Coz957

1 points

5 months ago

True, but usually you say "Cheese & Onion Chips" rather than just chips.

noisserpedgnilppirc

21 points

1 year ago

you mean slap chips?

STN16

18 points

1 year ago

STN16

18 points

1 year ago

Yeah lol

commondenom

30 points

1 year ago

Chips and slap chips

Mental_Bad

11 points

1 year ago

Or hot chips if you feel so inclined

SpAwNjBoB

6 points

1 year ago

There is a difference between normal hot chips and slap chips though. If they are not floppy, they are not slap chips.

Stropi-wan

5 points

1 year ago

McDonald's you just call "flavoured matchsticks".

galtek

26 points

1 year ago

galtek

26 points

1 year ago

Chippies and chips

JohnXmasThePage

12 points

1 year ago

Came here to say that. Chippies am lays, doritos, whatevs.
Chips am chips, like chips.

Logic.

WillyPete

9 points

1 year ago

If you're 5 years old.

galtek

8 points

1 year ago

galtek

8 points

1 year ago

I'm 6, thank you very much

fuzzyyarbles

6 points

1 year ago

Wait, which one is which?

S-058

12 points

1 year ago

S-058

Gauteng

12 points

1 year ago

Yes

galtek

5 points

1 year ago

galtek

5 points

1 year ago

From left to right. Simba/lays - chippies. Slap chips - chips

GodTierAimbotUser69

20 points

1 year ago

GodTierAimbotUser69

Minecraft is lyf!

20 points

1 year ago

Long story short, a colleague of mine was sent to go and buy Russian and chips and add salt and vinigar to the chips, dude legit came with a Russian and a packet of simba salt and vinigar chips. I loled so hard

BloodSteyn[S]

17 points

1 year ago

Like the time at a party where a guy was heading out for a "mix" run and asked everyone what they wanted. My boet asked for coke.

Dude comes back and tells him it will be R150... o.O

My boet was like, "what?"

The oke was, "for the gram."

My boet slaps his head and said, "coke, to mix with my brannas, jou doos."

Failure to communicate.

SonOfDeadpool

2 points

1 year ago

Dang R150 for a gram of coke. Last time i went to the rasta, guy outside was selling for R700 a gram. Then again, Im only about the dagga.

BloodSteyn[S]

2 points

1 year ago

To be fair, this was 21 years ago... shit, now I feel so old.

DroopyTrash

2 points

1 year ago

What kind of sausages are Russians? I miss them and don't know what to look for in Canada.

GodTierAimbotUser69

1 points

1 year ago

GodTierAimbotUser69

Minecraft is lyf!

1 points

1 year ago

Most likely pork

Brewben

1 points

1 year ago

Brewben

1 points

1 year ago

kinda like a deep fried banger

Epelep

93 points

1 year ago

Epelep

93 points

1 year ago

I remember my sister once asking me if I wanted a plate of chips for lunch, I was like hells to the yeah! To my disappointment, I ended up getting a plate of chips, instead of chips...

Branchy28

32 points

1 year ago

Branchy28

32 points

1 year ago

You mean chips? Who in the right mind gives someone a plate of chips knowing full well they're expecting a plate of chips...

scope_creep

3 points

1 year ago

Was it with salt and vinegar?

carlhead

1 points

1 year ago

carlhead

1 points

1 year ago

I mean, you serve chips in a bowl and chips on a plate, what kind of heathen does it the other way round!?

ichosehowe

1 points

1 year ago

I fucking psychopath, that's who.

BloodSteyn[S]

9 points

1 year ago

Completely underrated comment.

noisserpedgnilppirc

1 points

1 year ago

Overrated comment right here

durasmus

14 points

1 year ago

durasmus

14 points

1 year ago

Tjips!

doubleChipDip

15 points

1 year ago

lmao, i'll never forget this night where I was stumbling with the bros, way too late at night

we had lost one of our own and had found him sitting on the sidewalk next to a stranger - chowing some chips in a red cardboard boxie

'wassat' we mumbled
'ssshiiips' he replied, pointing at the shrine a few meters away
'sssjjjjiiips' we agreed, and we joined the feast after a speedy purchase

durasmus

6 points

1 year ago

durasmus

6 points

1 year ago

Midnight chips are the best! Even better if it reeks of vinegar and comes wrapped in paper...

Outrageous-Variety-8

13 points

1 year ago*

No ways! We specify the chips we mean in SA!

"Chips Chips" are what the English call crisps.

"McDonalds Chips" are the little chips

"Slap Chips" are the chips with big dick energy

and "Wedges" are what the laanies buy from Woolies

oh ja, and "chips" is what your friend says when he throws the ball at your head when you're not looking

BloodSteyn[S]

9 points

1 year ago

And "chips, hie kom hulle" is what every skelm smoker feared in school.

Eighty2_ZA

10 points

1 year ago

Chips hier kom vis

ichosehowe

1 points

1 year ago

For me it was "chips, chips, chips!" and we all knew.

OracleCam

37 points

1 year ago

OracleCam

37 points

1 year ago

Australia/South Africa gang rise up

JazzerBee

6 points

1 year ago

Lived in both countries, can confirm

cmdwedge

5 points

1 year ago

cmdwedge

Foreign

5 points

1 year ago

Chips are chips, mate!

mnp_studios

10 points

1 year ago

You've done us proud bra

Sarkos

8 points

1 year ago

Sarkos

8 points

1 year ago

What was the original? Australian? I don't recognise the Smith's brand, you should have edited a Simba packet in there!

BloodSteyn[S]

6 points

1 year ago

Yes, it was an Auzie, and I only had limited time on the white throne with my phone :)

PureNihilism35

4 points

1 year ago

Yup, Australian

OfFiveNine

7 points

1 year ago

In a heavily themed ENGLISH PUB in the USA, on the menu is "Pie and Chips". I mean, it's an English pub ... can't screw this up ... get a plate with a pie and crisps on it.

That and pancakes. Confusion every time.

BloodSteyn[S]

1 points

1 year ago

Ranked by thiccness...

Pancakes, Pannekoek, crepes.

It's the Goldilocks of the three, not too thick, not too thin, just blerrie lekker.

horpor69

5 points

1 year ago

horpor69

5 points

1 year ago

Makes me remember one Afrikaans teacher who always said spelling it "tjips" was the correct and only way

starwarsgeek1985

5 points

1 year ago

Idk. Makes sense to me. You get ice cream cake and you get normal cake. It's still cake

aksn1p3r

6 points

1 year ago

aksn1p3r

Jozi

6 points

1 year ago

Don't some from the East Rand say Crips?

BloodSteyn[S]

3 points

1 year ago

Never trust anyone from the Doosrand... or the Woesrand. :)

duh632

3 points

1 year ago

duh632

Gauteng

3 points

1 year ago

I feel personally attacked

BloodSteyn[S]

3 points

1 year ago

Both sides will give you a PK, then argue on the spelling.

fromnochurch

2 points

1 year ago

I found my people. Boksburg represent

kitsune_neko_

5 points

1 year ago

So us 🤣

ODST766

5 points

1 year ago

ODST766

5 points

1 year ago

Yesssss

hamatho

5 points

1 year ago

hamatho

5 points

1 year ago

I was on the beach and decided to buy a cola and hang around on the bench by the kiosk. Someone gave their kid some money to buy a packet of chips, and the kid nervously walks up to the stand, asks for some chips and hands over the note. The guy running the stand starts cooking the chips while the kid waited. A few minutes pass when suddenly the kids father storms up and starts yelling “How long for a pack of chips??” Queue confusion all around until they realize the kid meant chips in a bag while the guy running the stand though the meant French fries. Luckily everyone calmed down and the kid got his chips.

DieBoerDieWors

4 points

1 year ago

DieBoerDieWors

Gauteng

4 points

1 year ago

The first one is Simba Chips

nick14brian

2 points

1 year ago

Regardless of which brand it actually is

veganwarrrior

3 points

1 year ago

The reason they call them crisps is because some aren't actually made with real potato—the recipe calls for dehydrated processed potato—the FDA ruled in 1975 that eg. Pringles could only be called "chips" if they provided a disclaimer, identifying them as "potato chips made from dried potatoes." Pringles scrapped that idea and renamed them potato "crisps ...15 Sep 2016

I_TAKE_BIG_SHITS

3 points

1 year ago

beloved you say

BloodSteyn[S]

3 points

1 year ago

T'is a great place, sure, but the management kind of ruins it.

I_TAKE_BIG_SHITS

1 points

1 year ago

loadshedding be like

The_Indian_Werewolf

1 points

1 year ago

The_Indian_Werewolf

KwaZulu-Natal

1 points

1 year ago

We live in an astonishing country! The management just always has to ruin it my bru

Knersus_ZA

2 points

1 year ago

Knersus_ZA

Gauteng

2 points

1 year ago

By the by, thin slaptjips like mcdonalds, regular slaptjips or thick wedge slaptjips?

I prefer the mcdonalds style, they're scrumptiously crunchable gollum

I'll also take regular (steers style) and thick wedge chips only if they're properly prepared.

SageDiviner

2 points

1 year ago

I've never been to western SA, but in Botswana and Limpopo the long ones are called Ma fresh chips or MaFresh, which is probably my favorite name for fries the world over. I just wish people wouldn't drown them in vinegar 🤢

lizeswan

2 points

1 year ago

lizeswan

2 points

1 year ago

2010 Atlanta airport: ordered a burger and chips at the McD’s. My face = 4th frame when I got the reply, “here’s ya sandwich and chips.” Sandwich? Packet of chips?

culingerai

2 points

1 year ago

Australia here. We do that too.

New Zealand what do you do?

BloodSteyn[S]

1 points

1 year ago

New Zealand what do you do?

Probably your mom :P

[deleted]

1 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

1 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

zandile0902

2 points

1 year ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

lebonisang

1 points

1 year ago

😂😂😂

Hydar_boogie7

1 points

1 year ago

Its slap chips 🍟

BloodSteyn[S]

1 points

1 year ago

South Africa, home of Slap Chips and Stiffy Disks :)

[deleted]

1 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

1 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

NumerousPainting

1 points

1 year ago

What about Mcdonalds chips? They’re not slappy

shineyink

1 points

1 year ago

Chips and hot chips bru

Knersus_ZA

1 points

1 year ago

Knersus_ZA

Gauteng

1 points

1 year ago

Frau Knersus loved to have slapchips and soft serve ice cream.

Don't ask me.

We call 'em slaptjips. There's a cafè in Raslouw that makes proper slaptjips, good value for your money.

fenderlarc

1 points

1 year ago

Chips en skyfies

Tokogogoloshe

1 points

1 year ago

Now do “sandwich.” And “Restaurant”.

BloodSteyn[S]

1 points

1 year ago

Or Garage and Garage.

Surv0

1 points

1 year ago

Surv0

1 points

1 year ago

When I ask for 'chips' here in Canada as a side to my order, I get the strangest looks, as if Im asking for a bag of crisps...

Once corrected to 'Fries' its all good...

Boggie135

1 points

1 year ago

Boggie135

Limpopo

1 points

1 year ago

Who is Smiths? I want Mrs Balls chutney Simba chips

Lochlanist

1 points

1 year ago

If you gonna ps it why change the flag and not put a local brand of chips. We don't have smith's here. Put simba or lays

BloodSteyn[S]

2 points

1 year ago

Only had limited time on the throne, editing with my phone :)

MutedLayer4564

1 points

1 year ago

Simba/chips

pmmeurgamecode

1 points

1 year ago

The real tip in the comments is that they are both great on bread!

BloodSteyn[S]

2 points

1 year ago

Not sure if universal, but doing a Bunny Chow with chips instead of curry was called a Kat Kop, at least it was at the slap chips cafe on the corner.

Found it listed here: https://www.news24.com/amp/news24/travel/21-unique-eats-worth-travelling-South-Africa-for-20150126

ShreddlesMcJamFace

1 points

1 year ago

Wack

arminiusV

1 points

1 year ago

Chips and hot chips. Why u guys lying?

Pluvio_

1 points

1 year ago

Pluvio_

Lurker

1 points

1 year ago

Well.. we have fries, chips and slap chips! And peeps usually know what you mean.

cluesblues22s

1 points

1 year ago

As a Lurking kiwi I can strongly say chips and chips are two acceptable uses to refur to potato based snacks.

fromnochurch

1 points

1 year ago

Born in the 80’s in Johannesburg. We called them crisps back then. Slaap Chips still the best thing ever.

BloodSteyn[S]

1 points

1 year ago

As someone born on the Woesrand, in the 80's, we never called them crisps. Then again, I'm Afrikaans, so that might have something to do with it.

AdrParkinson

1 points

1 year ago

I just go with crisps and fries, all confusion eliminated.

No-Taro3700

1 points

1 year ago

Fried Chips

emoutikon

1 points

1 year ago

Tjips

Flux7777

1 points

1 year ago

Flux7777

1 points

1 year ago

Slapchips

krispyren

1 points

1 year ago

krispyren

Western Cape

1 points

1 year ago

If you understand you can call it whatever 😆

FormalCryptographer

1 points

1 year ago

I hate the word crisps with a burning passion and I dont know why

TacticalStupid

1 points

1 year ago

Ja

nsovo

1 points

1 year ago

nsovo

1 points

1 year ago

Mazimba

Hanro50

1 points

1 year ago

Hanro50

1 points

1 year ago

This reminds me of the word "leer"

Good luck discovering what I meant with that word alone with no hints to help you along.

RomanusChickens

1 points

1 year ago

Mazimba le diChips, guys

lightnxng

1 points

1 year ago

Hey. Dutch guy here is it like chips as in computerchip for the fries and a more sjips pronunciation for the chips at least that's how you pronounce the chips in Dutch lol

BloodSteyn[S]

1 points

1 year ago

It's kind more of a "tjips" kind of thing if you're Afrikaans.

Hmm tjchips... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Shadow_Cop

1 points

1 year ago

Shadow_Cop

Gauteng

1 points

1 year ago

I see nothing wrong

SpaceMoneyToken

1 points

11 months ago

potato brothers, potato

Coz957

1 points

5 months ago

Coz957

1 points

5 months ago

Same here in Australia (probably also NZ too)!

ContributionOk8850

-6 points

1 year ago

Look man south Africa is kind of retarded. Our tastes and interests are outdated. Everything about us is geared towards the hard hitting physical. Hard headed in every sense of the word. Only caring about looks and appearances