'My advice to my fellow white friends, 'you people' doesn't land well' - caller

A video of qgom sensation Babes Wodumo went viral earlier this week after she reprimanded a woman at the Cape Town International Airport for gesturing her to be quiet.

In the video, Babes is heard swearing at the woman and saying "Are we chickens? Why are you telling us to shhh?". She later explains what transpired prior to the video recording.

Eusebius McKaiser explains how depending on your background, some words are interpreted differently.

Some of you get riled up by certain words when a host says it and for other people, you don't even think twice about that word because it does not offend you and that is because words vary socio-linguistically depending on the socio-linguistic community you are a part of.

Eusebius McKaier, 702/CapeTalk radio host

In an open line conversation, listeners shared some gestures and phrases that may be lost in translation or are in fact culturally offensive.

My advice to my fellow white friends, 'you people' doesn't land well.

Neo, caller

In white communities when you speak to someone and tell them something they say 'you lying', if I were to say that to my father, he is going to strangle me.

Thembani, caller

Brian used to own a wood working factory nearly 15 years ago. He explains how he had to unlearn the habit of calling two of his employees 'my boy'.

15 years ago I did the unimaginable and called one or two of the guys 'my boy'; in the factory. My factory manager got everyone together and tried to explain that it was a term of endearment but I in actual fact had made a serious mistake without realising it.

Brian, 702 caller

I stopped using it because I felt that majority of people would not understand that for me it was saying that the person was important. I have cut it out and have left it ever since.

Brian, 702 caller

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