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what does mzungu mean?

Mzungu (pronounced [m̩’zuŋɡu]) is a Bantu language term used in the African Great Lakes region to refer to people of European descent. It is a commonly used expression among Bantu peoples in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Zambia. The word “wachi{ungu” has a particular historical development in this region, dating back to the 18th century. “Wachizungu” used to mean “things of the aimless wanderers.” Literally translated it meant “someone who roams around aimlessly” or “aimless wanderer.”[1] The term was first used in the African Great Lakes region to describe European explorers in the 18th century, apparently as a result of their propensity to get lost in their wanderings in Africa. The word Muzungu comes from Kiswahili, where ‘zungu’ or ‘zunguka’ is the word for spinning around on the same spot. That dizzy lost look was perfected by the first white people arriving in the African Great Lakes. Muzunguzungu is Kiswahili for a dizzy person.[2] The term is now used to refer to “someone with white skin” or “white skin”

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