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Masina pronouncement of "Fork-off" during a PYA media briefing

20 December 2013

The ANC Youth League notes the public discomfort and outcry with regards to the pronouncement of "fork-off" by ANCYL CONVENER, Comrade Mzwandile Masina during a Media Briefing that was held by the PYA at Chief Albert Luthuli House on Friday, 20 December 2013. What Cde. Masina said means Jim must `go a separate way; leave`. It is not vulgar language or a swear word.

As the ANC Youth League, we assure South African society and the international community that the current leadership of the ANC Youth League is respectful and constructively engages in political discussions with both friends and foes. Comrade Mzwandile Masina used an English word "fork-off", which means the following-:

"Fork" in the meaning of "to divide in branches, go separate ways" has been used as early as the 14th century in the English Language.
fork (v.)
"to divide in branches, go separate ways" (early 14c.), from fork (n.). Related: Forked; forking. The slang verb phrase fork up (or out) "give over" is from 1831.
"Off" in the meaning of "to go away; leave"
To go away; leave: Off or I`ll call the police.
We advise all concerned people to visit the online Dictionary of Etymology at http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=fork /> Etymology is a branch of Linguistics.
et·y·mol·o·gy (t-ml-j)
n. pl. et·y·mol·o·gies
1. The origin and historical development of a linguistic form as shown by determining its basic elements, earliest known use, and changes in form and meaning, tracing its transmission from one language to another, identifying its cognates in other languages, and reconstructing its ancestral form where possible.
2. The branch of linguistics that deals with etymologies.


[Middle English etimologie, from Old French ethimologie, from Medieval Latin ethimologia, from Latin etymologia, from Greek etumologi : etumon, true sense of a word; see etymon + -logi, -logy.]

Issued by
African National Congress Youth League
National Task Team

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