Life is not short of surprises or incredible events. But sometimes these events render us short of conventional words to express our shock or dismay. 

Cape Afrikaans or Afrikaaps comes to the rescue, with “jassas!” / “jassou!”. According to the Cape Afrikaans, Kaap Afrikaans dictionary this is an exclamation of disbelief or shock. 

Uses of the phrase can occur, for example, when you witness a freak accident; “Jassas!/ Jassou! Did you see that?”

You no longer need be speechless!

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Tell us: What expression do you use when you are surprised or shocked?