While reading Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, I came across a currently fashionable word, a name of a currently 'hip and cool' Linux distribution, and I have to hazard a guess that whoever came up with the name wasn't South African. Or if he was, I really have to wonder... Well, here's the word:
Gentoo. Gentoo, for prostitute, is a South African word that may come from a disparaging Hindi term for a Hindu who speaks Teluga rather than Hindi. But it possibly derives from the name of the Gentoo, a ship transporting female servants to Africa that was wrecked on the South African coast. The women were saved but lost all their belongings and were forced to work as prostitutes in gentoo houses to support themselves. Gentoo, first recorded in 1638, also means a heathen.