Skundhe- (Noun) [ skoo-nthe ]
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|Meaning : Kales (A type of vegetable)|
Use : Kwetu si udema skundhe daily = In our house, we eat kales daily
Period: 50's or earlier
Related to: Dema, Keroma, Dishi
Area of origin : Ololo
Etymology:Derived from Swahili word/phrase "Sukuma wiki" which means Kales. Kales are a very common food item in the Kenyan diet.
The original Swahili name for Kales is derived from two Swahili words "Sukuma" (push/persevere) and "Wiki" (week) and the name is really just a description of what those times (early 50s) were all about in Nairobi. Meat was relatively expensive hence many of the residents always ended up having to make do with a meal of Ugali and Kales hence the rather "sad" name for the vegetable. The phrase is synonymous with poverty and perseverance in harsh Nairobi.