1915 - 1994
Chief Editor of the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal (WAT), 1962-1980
Frederick (Frikkie) Johannes Snijman was born on 13 February 1915 in Rietbron
in the Central Karoo. He matriculated at Oudtshoorn Boys' High School and
the Rhodes University College in Grahamstown for a BSc in Chemistry, Mathematics
and Dutch-Afrikaans. Attendance for the latter subject required special
permission, yet led to a Master's Degree (cum laude). He then moved to the
Stellenbosch University to obtain his Secondary Teacher's Diploma. With a
Queen Victoria bursary for overseas study, he attended the University of
Utrecht in 1939 where he studied Dutch and the History of Art. His studies
were interrupted by the Second World War, which trapped him in Holland.
During this time recreation was limited, so Snijman took to cycling through
the Dutch countryside. The wide riches, especially the rivers, fascinated him.
Without any formal training, he put his impressions on paper in some 50 small
sketches. Copies of these now decorate the staff room of the WAT's new premises.
Memberships: The South African Academy for Science and Art; The Afrikaans Language Commission; Stigting Simon van der Stel; Stellenbossche Heemkring; Genootskap Nederland-Suid-Afrika; De Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde.
Snijman's most important articles are collected in 'Die leksikograaf as eksegeet' Opstelle en lesings, JCM du Plessis (Ed), Stellenbosch: Buro van die WAT (= Afrilex-Reeks 5A), 1995.
Literêre styl met die oog op stylondersoek (PhD thesis), Assen: Van Gorcum & Kie, 1945
Kruim en Kors (a series of popular talks for the SABC), Voortrekkerpers, Johannesburg, 1964
U woorde, u woordeboek (a short history of lexicography in South Africa and particularly of the WAT), Beheerraad van die Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal, 2nd Edition, 1975
Text by Toos and Petra Snijman
Sketch by Frikkie Snijman: 3. Op de Vinkeveense Plas
5.5 cm x 4 cm Ink
The Vinkeveense Plas is a large shallow lake close to Loenen aan de Vecht.