n English in Africa - Response to festschrift : address

Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



I have a friend whose family have a saying that derives from an incident involving the heavyweight boxer Gerrie Coetzee. When he was asked, after being knocked out by a vicious right hook, what counter he had planned against it, he replied, "I saw it coming and thought, oh, oh, here comes trouble." When Isabel Hofmeyr phoned me three weeks ago with a deceptively innocent voice, as soon as she mentioned the word 'festschrift' I thought, oh, oh, here comes trouble.

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