Meghan mania will stan and deliver a nickname - you’d better ...



Meghan mania will stan and deliver a nickname - you’d better Belieb it

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd


There is going to be a lot of screaming in sub-Saharan Africa next week. If you hear it, don’t be alarmed, it’s just the shrill sound of royal mania. Or, to be precise, Meghan mania. The former Ms Markle has more fans than an off-grid hotel in a Karoo summer. More even than Justin Bieber. And next week she will be in SA.

Incidentally, fans of Justin Bieber, for anyone who might have been living off the grid for a while, call themselves Beliebers. Meghan’s fans do not yet have a collective name, or at least not one that has been universally agreed upon, although I found a few subsets who proudly call themselves “Sparkles”.

Getting back to Justin Bieber – who like that other important Justin is from Canada –  his name sounds like a Ridge or a Thorne or any of those slick monikers coined by writers of soaps. This, however, is not true. Justin goes way back. Blame the French, who took the ancient Roman name Iustinus and turned it into Justin, then shipped it over to England, whence it spread like a permissive new religion...

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