SBWL is a South African slang term from the Xhosa (isiXhosa) language. SBWL originates from the word “sabaweli” which means desire, crave, wish for, fancy, want or yearn. This Xhosa term is usually used for things that you cannot have. Quickread.co.za has learnt that SBWL slang was created by gay Xhosa men to conceal their desire for a woman’s man on the internet.
How to Use Sbwl in a sentence?
Below are some examples of Sbwl sentences to help you understand how to use the phrase in a sentence
Example 1: (English) I’m craving meat – (Xhosa) Andisayibaweli (sabaweli/sbwl) inyama.
Example 2: (English) I wish to go to America – (Xhosa) (Xhosa) Andisabaweli (sabaweli/sbwl) uya eAmerica.
How South Africans reveal what they want with #sbwl trend on Twitter?
This Xhosa slang term sbwl started trending on social media last year as South Africans opened up about the things they desire most in life. The term left many people confused and ended up asking “what does ‘sbwl’ mean on social media.”
People started sharing their desires and dreams using the hashtag #sbwl on Twitter. South African television presenter, radio DJ, actress and producer Pearl Modiadie was also mind blown by the meaning of ‘sbwl’. She was part of the group that didn’t know what the word means.
“Really? I’ve been cracking my skull trying to figure this out,” – Pearl tweeted after she searched for the meaning on Google. The radio presenter found out that #sbwl is an acronym for ‘Sabaweli’ meaning craving in Xhosa as mentioned above.
According to The Urban Dictionary the vowels of the word were just removed. The meaning of sbwl depends on the context. For example, you can see a photo of a beautiful and expensive car, as a guy, you can just respond by saying “#Sbwl the car”
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Zita Zimande is a sports news journalist from the University of Johannesburg. Besides being a sports fanatic, she loves to cook during her spare time.