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DENKE

"DEHN - KEH"

(pl. denkew or denkewu)

 

IPA: /dɛnkɛ/ (pl. /dɛnkɛu/)

Language: Yammaninke

Definition:
boy child, son (noun, term of address)

Etymology:
This word is a compound of the Yammaninke word den and the ending ke (a shortened form of ken, meaning 'man' or 'male') added to a term of address to make it masculine.

About:
This word and its feminine equivalent (denyaa) are often used to address young people. It is generally considered polite when used to address someone younger than the speaker. However, when used to address someone of similar age or older than the speaker, it is considered disrespectful and condescending.

Example Sentences:
A ye Bori denke; that is Bori’s son
Alu ye n'denyaalu ni denkew; these are my daughters and sons
N'denke, i di suma i ye; son, you need to calm down

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Real World Origins:
This word comes from the shared Maninka and Bambara word of the same meaning and pronunciation.

 

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