Any idea what Nu means when someone uses it as a nickname for someone else in South Africa?
I don't want to upset OP, but oxforddictionaries has...
nunu also noonoo Pronunciation: /ˈnuːnuː/
South African INFORMAL
An insect, spider, worm, or similar small creature:
the box gives protection against worms and other nunus
from Zulu inunu 'horrible object or animal'
And here's someone who knows that, commenting on the usage as an informal/affectionate term...
So, girls, if your boyfriend uses nunu in its lighter meaning, as a term of endearment and affection, think again - his motives might be sinister!
I can't think of an equivalent English term offhand, but French mon petit chou (my little cabbage) comes to mind.
In South Africa, anything cute is referred to as "nunus". Nunu is a term of endearment (what my husband calls me). And if my cat does something precious - we say she is being nunus. It's a very loosely used and adaptable noun and adverb.
protected by NVZ Jan 28 '17 at 17:23
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