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Van der Merwe

/væn də ˈmɜːvə/
(South African) a stereotypical figure humorously representing Boer stupidity and prejudice
Word Origin
C20: from a common Afrikaner surname
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  • Dr. van der merwe was now going to take him to his own house at Krugersdorp, and there to take further charge of him.

    Through Shot and Flame J. D. Kestell.
  • It was at that moment still in safety, at the farm of Mrs. van der merwe.

    Through Shot and Flame J. D. Kestell.
  • Mr. van der merwe still very bad; men's ward full of boys; some very bad.

  • Mr. van der merwe very, very bad indeed (enteric); wonder if!

  • Commandant van der merwe (Heilbron) spoke to the same effect.

    Three Years' War Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
  • To prove that van der merwe is a thief does not exonerate Brown from the crime of theft if he have been stealing.

  • Commandant van der merwe said that matters with him were much the same as in the districts of Commandant van Niekerk.

    The Peace Negotiations J. D. Kestell
  • A party of Commandant van der merwe's men went on foot to cut the wires.

    Through Shot and Flame J. D. Kestell.
  • Mrs. van der merwe, whom we met here, was exceedingly kind to us, and gave us plenty of fodder for our horses.

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