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I have seen pronk used as a verb to mean leaping through the air, as an antelope does. However, in a new word book I have, the first definition of it is a weak or foolish person. It says that the origin is uncertain, but may come from the Dutch word meaning fop. Has anyone ever seen it used as a weak or foolish person?
 
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Never. I remember the "antelope" meaning from nature TV-shows, for the distinctive, way that antelopes bound when running.
 
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I've never seen it but it sounds South African/Afrikaans.
 
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Arnie, yes, my source says that the use with regard to "leaping" may be South African. Perhaps one use is from a South African derivation, while the other is from the Dutch derivation.
 
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Afrikaans is a variant of Dutch, so that might be what your source is thinking of.
 
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Arnie, my source "Weird and Wonderful Words" by Erin McKean, says, "'Pronk' is also a verb used in South Africa of a springbok's leap in the air, especially as an alarm signal". It first said that the "weak or foolish person" definition may have come from a Dutch word meaning "fop". It did say the origin is uncertain.
 
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A video of pronking [link is now corrected, Kalleh]

In the course of searching up this video, I learned that pronking is also called stotting.

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Wow, Shu, that was 11 years in coming. Wink

I couldn't get the video to work.
 
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The video worked fine for me.


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Yes, I believe he fixed it. I loved the music with it - perfect.
 
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