Finding humour during a pandemic

Afrikaans Taalmuseum and Monument

The Afrikaans Taalmuseum and Monument (ATM) wants to highlight the humour that makes people’s daily lives more bearable during the Covid-19 pandemic. With Afrikaans neologisms such as “koeshoes” (when you dodge someone that is coughing), “grendelgriep” (cabin fever) and “kwarantynwyn” (moonshine, home-made alcohol) as well as the funny memes and jokes spreading like a virus on social media, it is clear that there is no shortage of creativity. Therefore, as part of the ATM’s 45-year celebrations, everyone is invited to unlock their pens and write something funny, absurd or ironic. It can be limericks, poems, thoughts, haikus, slogans, flash fiction or lyrics about these historical times – something that plays out at your home or anywhere else during the lockdown. Participants must write a maximum of 250 words in any variant of Afrikaans and email their entries with full name, email address and telephone number to, by Tuesday June 16. The winner will receive R2 000 and the two runners-up R1 000 each. All three also receive an annual permit (family of 4) for the monument and museum, which will be valid from the day the ATM is re-opened. For more information, visit