- pl. Kung, !Kung a member of a people of S Africa living in the Kalahari
- the Khoisan language of this people
See Kung in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- A member of a San people of eastern Namibia and western Botswana.
- The Khoisan language of the !Kung.
The orthographically unusual word !Kung refers to a language spoken by a group of San in southern Africa. This language and its relatives employ a series of consonants called clicks that are only rarely found outside of this area of Africa. In English, clicks are found only in a few interjections, such as tsk-tsk,
which is technically a repeated alveolar click in which the front end of the tongue is pressed up against the alveolar ridge behind the teeth. The exclamation point in !Kung
symbolizes a similar click, but with the front part of the blade of the tongue pressed against the palate close to the alveolar ridge. It is thus called a postalveolar click.
Swiss Roman Catholic theologian. An adviser (1962-1965) during the Second Vatican Council, he was later censored by the Vatican (1979) for his rejection of papal infallibility. His works include On Being a Christian (1976).