It is a truth universally acknowledged that two people very much in love desire nothing more than to be together. All they want is: Us Two! In Dutch: SAAMPJES! Elmar (who suggested the word DUTJE for yesterday’s post) lives in Voorburg and his beloved Claudia in Mexico. The other day he posted the attached cartoon on Facebook and he was overjoyed to tell his friends that soon they will be SAMEN, together. SAAMPJES and forever happy!
This is great, but why, I wonder, are the Dutch so fond of diminutives? I may be Dutch but it is a mystery to me. Why does it always have to be SAAMPJES and cannot it just be SAMEN? SCHATJE instead of SCHAT. BIERTJE, PILSJE, BOOMPJE, HUISJE, BEESTJE, POESJE, MANNETJE, VROUWTJE…? I understand KOEKJE and GEBAKJE because they are smaller in size than KOEK and GEBAK (cake). But LIEFJE, sweetie-pie… yuk!