English translation: changing the first consonant of the word
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11:20 Feb 15, 2005
English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase:SHAU MAU - SHOMMUNIST
I am translating a novel set in Kenya during the Fifties. An Indian Family is the protagonist. They are loyal to the Brits and kind to the Blacks. But the Mau-Mau revolt is spreading...
An indian character says to the other, visiting her in Nairobi: "If only this Mau-Mau Shau-Mau fear goes away, this is a wonderful city".
Pages ahead, the character who was visiting in Nairobi says to her husband, refering to her brother: "He is not a communist - and anyway, what communist-shommunist thing can he up to, out here in the jungle?"
I haven't got a clue. Is SHAU a non-English term? Sometimes characters speak swahili or hindi (as Indians in an African country). Is SHAU referring to something in the history I don't know? Is it related to SHOmmunist?