Eish is a word used to express emotions including sad surprise, shock, annoyance, disbelief, regret, empathy for sad news, disapproval, and horror. It is sometimes used to express excitement.


It's not clear what the origin of the word is but there are claims that it is derived from Xhosa in South Africa. The word is common in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and other countries in the region.

Eish Pronounciation

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The word often trends on social media as users of the platforms use it to express the wide range of emotions associated with it.

The example below depicts the 'resignation' emotion someone expressed upon learning the possible involvement of the first family in gold smuggling in Zimbabwe.[1]

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  1. cnhwiza, This country so, eish, Twitter, Retrieved: 28 October 2020