Johannesburg is a wonderfully culturally diverse city. A married couple, who are close friends of mine, come from different cultures and we were laughing at a situation that occurred when they first started dating. The then-boyfriend, while visiting the then-girlfriend’s family used a word that English speakers often use to describe an unpleasant person. It’s a word that is not very offensive to English speakers, but as my friend found out, very distasteful in the Afrikaans community (generally speaking). However, with time and understanding, husband and wife have gotten over the cultural speedbumps and are living in marital bliss.