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Some trivia for our non-Afrikaans readers: Bliksem is an Afrikaans word derived from the Dutch word for lightning. It means (to) punch/beat up violently, it is considered a crass expression and is often used as an expletive of surprise or anger. (Think Captain Haddock.) The noun and verb are the same. Also sometimes used in exaggeration by Afrikaans parents when they threaten to give their kids a hiding. You know you really stuffed up when your parents yelled “Ek gaan jou bliksem!” It’s kind of crude though, not recommended to bandy about when attempting to impress your new Afrikaans beau’s parents. For tips on that, please contact us directly. We can help you out for a fee.

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  1. Raven Song at July 31, 2015, 10:45

    Bliksem is also great when you hurt your hand accidentally….

  2. Ridiculicious at June 1, 2017, 14:09

    “A successful spy knows there is more than one way to avoid an interrogation.”
    -Jerry, Totally Spies

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