One of my current favourites, and one which seems to be growing in popularity, is the light-hearted greeting “May the wors be with you.” The juxtaposition of something so familiar and comforting to us on top of the Star Wars / mildly geeky phrase is to me a classic example of language evolving in a new and sometimes comical direction.
For the benefit of foreign readers, “wors” (pronounced vorss) is a slang contraction of “boerewors” which means literally “farmers sausage”. On a physical level it is just that; a sausage made of coarse-ground mince, spiced and stuffed into a long casing. On a more abstract level it is a cultural icon, originally an Afrikaner dish but now one of the most widely enjoyed foods by all racial and cultural groups in this wonderfully diverse (or should that be di-wors) country of ours. A local version of the ubiquitous hot dog is the "boerewors roll" (also referred to as a "boerie"), on sale at most public events and along roadsides all over the county.
The traditional braai (barbecue) would just not be the same without a round of wors sizzling its fat away into a happy cloud of smoke. In the same way our society would not be the same without its colourful language.May the wors be with you :)