In Swahili, we tend to gloss over those crude, ‘unsayables’ and use socially acceptable words in their stead. This we do especially when addressing elders, superiors or generally people that we are not very familiar with.

Below is the short list I could come up with at 3 in the morning, so hopefully when my head’s cleared up I’ll add onto it! Feel free to suggest to me any other polite forms you may have heard of and let’s educate each other. Read More