Marius and Evette Weyers were the guest speakers at the WAT's Woordpret on Friday 12 June. They discussed their careers as actor and sculptress. A member of the audience recounted how he helped Marius forty years ago to keep his donkey under control during a performance of Ampie, die Natuurkind. Marius and Evette appear with Dr Willem Botha in the photograph. 

The Potchefstroom campus of the Northwest Universitykampus sponsored "Pukke" exclusively for R5 000. On the photo Prof. Herman van Schalkwyk, rector of the Potchefstroom campus, and Prof. Wannie Carstens, Director of the School for Languages on the campus, are holding the certificate they received from the WAT.

Coenie de Villiers interviewed the ex-detective Piet Byleveld on Wednesday 25 March on Kwêla. Piet brought along his Sponsor a Word certificate with the words "baasspeurder", "rampokker", "tjoekie", "swerkater" and "snuffelhond" and Coenie showed it to the viewers!

Two workshops in using the Elektroniese WAT when teaching Afrikaans were held on 19 March for 50 students of the Faculty of Education of the University of Stellenbosch.  On the photo are Dr Hanelle Fourie Blair and Mrs Alet Cloete with a few of the students. Mr Gerhard van Wyk was the other presenter. Lesson plans for using the Elektroniese WAT while teaching Afrikaans were also handed out to the students.

Veldtrap met Woorde was held on 14 March 2015 as part of the Woordfees in collaboration with the WAT.  Runners, walkes and cyclists participated with words instead of numbers.  After participating, they could sponsor their words as part of the Sponsor a Word project.

Mr Johnnie Loubser of Stellenbosch won R25 000 in the Sponsor a Word project of the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal. The prize was sponsored by Sanlam. At the prize drawing, from left to right, were: Mr Daniël Kriel, CEO of Sanlam Private Wealth; Mr Dave Pepler, patron of Sponsor a Word; Mr Johan Holtzhausen, chairperson of the WAT Trust and Prof. Arnold Schoonwinkel, chairperson of the Board of Directors of the WAT. The Sponsor a Word project continues after the prize drawing and full particulars are available here.

Dave Pepler, who is also the patron of the Sponsor a Word competition, was the guest speaker of the first Woordpret of the year. Among other things, he spoke about perfume. At the same function, Jan Boland Coetzee of Vriesenhof presented his wonderful wines. In the photograph, Dave Pepler appears with Dr Willem Botha, Editor-in-Chief of the WAT. (Photograph taken by Dr Frikkie Lombard)

Second-year students of the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch visited the WAT on 20 October for a lecture in practical lexicography. The lecture focused on the difference between comprehensive synchronic explanatory dictionaries (like the WAT) and historical explanatory dictionaries (like the OED), dictionaries that are encyclopaedic, the treatment of expressions, offensive words and expressions, and gender in dictionaries. Click HERE to read.

Dave Pepler and International Dictionary Day

16 October is Dictionary Day and it is also the day on which the Dictionary of the Afrikaans Language (WAT) launches its Sponsor a Word (Borg 'n Woord) project every year.

Noah Webster was born on 16 October and Dictionary Day is celebrated worldwide in honour of this famous American maker of dictionaries. Noah was a brilliant student who commenced his studies at Yale University at the age of 15. He would later compile the first American dictionary and is heralded as the father of American lexicography. The purpose of Dictionary Day is to make people aware of the importance and indispensable nature of dictionaries as sources of information.

On Dictionary Day the message of Dr Willem Botha, executive director of the WAT, is: "Empower yourself, your husband, your wife, your children or your loved ones with a new dictionary. This is one of the best investments that anyone can make". According to him, many people buy a new dictionary once or twice during their lifetime. That dictionary causes only frustration because it usually does not contain the information that is sought. In addition to printed dictionaries, electronic dictionaries are also available – even on your cell phone.  Some dictionaries on the internet are free, while others require subscription.

Sponsor a Word became one of the lifelines of the WAT in its struggle to survive because of the drastic reduction of its government subsidy. Presently the WAT must generate R3,5 million annually in order to balance its budget of R5 million. Sponsor a Word is one of several fundraising initiatives by the WAT.

This year Dave Pepler is the patron of Sponsor a Word and he makes the following appeal to all speakers of Afrikaans: “Hoekom is Afrikaans vir my kosbaar? Sonder Afrikaans met sy lieflike en aardse woorde is ek niks nie. As jy ook lief is vir Afrikaans: borg 'n woord, borg ruim!” (“Why is Afrikaans precious to me? Without Afrikaans with its lovely and down-to-earth words I am nothing. If you, too, love Afrikaans: sponsor a word, sponsor generously!”)

Participants may sponsor any Afrikaans word for R100 to qualify for the prize drawing for a R25 000 Sanlam investment. Each participant also receives a certificate from the WAT with his or her name and the word or words he or she sponsored. For R100 more than one person may sponsor the same word, but each person receives a certificate in his or her name. Sponsorships of R5 000 per word are exclusive, meaning that the word can only be sponsored once. More than 150 words have been sponsored exclusively.

Click here to sponsor a word immediately via the GivenGain website.
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The Tshivenda dictionary unit from Thohoyandou attended a training course in General Lexicography from 15 to 19 September at the WAT.  

The recipients of this year's ATKV Woordveertjies were announced during a brilliant and festive evening of words and winners on Friday 12 September at D’Aria in Durbanville.

In the photograph Dr Willem Botha and Dr Frik Lombard are with the hostesses for the evening, Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp and Rolanda Marais, after the Woordwys award for dictionaries and language manuals was awarded to volume XIV of the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal.  In Dr Botha's speech of thanks he paid tribute to the editorial team, Dr Frik Lombard, Gerhard  van Wyk, Alet Cloete, Liza Rademeyer and Dr Hanelle Fourie Blair.

 

The WAT recently presented a training session at Rhenish Girls' High for grade 10 learners of Afrikaans Additional Language on the use of the Elektroniese WAT. Ms Rozanne van Dyk from Rhenish and Gerhard van Wyk, Alet Cloete and Hanelle Fourie Blair from the WAT appear with the learners.

Elsabé Heystek skryf:

Goeidag Willem en span

Ek het in Maart met my verjaarsdag vir my vriende versoek om in plaas van ‘n geskenk (oorvloed kaggelkakkies oor tyd vergader!) eerder ‘n bydrae tot die WAT se Borg ‘n Woord inisiatief te maak, ‘n woord of drie saam met die geld in ‘n koevert te gooi en om ‘n langtafel en wyn te kom vertel hoekom hulle daardie woord/e gekies het.

Ons het baie pret gehad, nostalgies geraak en mekaar se woordeskat help uitbrei. Twee aande van onbevange lag, besin en kuier rondom ons geliefde moedertaal, Afrikaans…

Ek het sopas R5000 oorbetaal in die WAT Trust rekening. Hieronder volg die 50 woorde wat deur ons vriende geborg is. Elke woord spreek natuurlik boekdele oor die persoonlikheid wat dit aangebied het! Reg geraai, hierdie is maar ‘n handvol van al die woorde wat op daardie twee aande ter sprake gekom het…

Johan van der Walt- kapittel
Elmarie van der Walt – (ek bevestig Elmarie se woord more-my “shorthand” het my in die steek gelaat)
Lourens Erasmus- slaggat en gatslag (die een lei na die ander!)
Lucia Erasmus- kuttel en desnieteenstaande
Elsa de Kock- glim-pen en vloermoer
Gavin de Kock- klavier
Ina Vos- kuier
Veronica van Rooy- snert, glinster
Charl van Rooy- mamparra,foonbuffel
Matthys Wessels- holderstebolder
Francisca Wessels- asemrowend, skattebol
Martie Botha- negosie
Pieter Botha- tombola, toe (en toe…), hekel (om hekel aan iets te hê)
Mariette Coetzee- koestertjie
Rian Coetzee- rompslomp
Elsabe Heystek- psalm, potsierlik, spitsvondig
Andries Heystek- fnuik,agterbanker
Andries Heystek jnr- brandewyn
Annatjie van Urk- tjommel, fuifparty, muggiesiftery
Peter van Urk-jag
Maria de Bruyn-karnallie, skoppelmaai
Rudolf du Plessis- iesegrimmig, hoekom
Marie du Plessis- dekonstrueer
Jan en Daleen Smit- droesem
Stef du Plessis-ontgogelingsproses
Tanya du Plessis- hede
Amelia van der Walt- onrusbarend, barensnood (vrou van Barend van der Walt!)
Barend van der Walt- wat (WAT!?)
Letitia van der Westhuizen- pletterpet, kotiljons
Sune van der Westhuizen-virtuoos
Gerda Venter- pamperlang,genade
Rohan Venter- kaiing

Ek het ongelukkig nie almal se e-pos adresse nie. Julle kan dus die sertifikate na my toe aanstuur en ek sal elkeen se sertifikaat aan hom of haar besorg.

Mooi loop.

Valiant Swart was the visiting artist at the Woordpret held recently at the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal. Here he is with the well known writer Deon Meyer and Dr Willem Botha, editor-in-chief and executive director of the WAT.
Photograph: Frik Lombard

Mr Danie Opperman of Kleinmond won R25 000 in the Sponsor a Word project of the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal. The prize was sponsored by Sanlam. Mr Opperman decided to make the fine gesture of sponsoring a further five words exclusively with his prize money. The words are skeppingsmagtig, verskansing, welluidend, welwillendheid and wêreldgebeure. Dr Willem Botha, editor-in-chief and executive director of the WAT, Mrs Erna Meaker, chairperson of the WAT Trust, and Prof. Arnold Schoonwinkel, chairperson of the Board of Directors of the WAT, were photographed at the prize drawing ceremony. The Sponsor a Word project continues after the prize drawing and full particulars are available here.

The Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal recently visited the PC Petersen Primary School in Kylemore and donated dictionaries to the school. Dr Willem Botha (editor-in-chief and executive director), Mr Pieter van der Westhuizen (headmaster) and Mr Rudolf Williams (acting headmaster) is on the photo with members of the grade six pupils' council.