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"Shame!"

Some CouchSurfers from South Africa introduced me to the expression "Shame!". They explained that it can be used when something is really nice (ex: when someone's rubbing your back), and... in a couple of other kinds of situations, which I'm currently forgetting, but most of them not actually having to do with the idea of shamefulness.

Can anyone expand on this (colloquial uses of "shame" in South Africa)? To clarify, the expression as I was taught it is drawn out (and a bit sing-song), like: "Shaaaaaaame!"

Thanks! :D
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  • I guess basic is too basic.

    You have to love how slang evolves. In my day, insulting someone was dissing someone from the word disrespect. Now it is throwing shade, especially…

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