Now for the nasty Dutch word LOEDER which means something like ‘bitch’. Equally repugnant words are the synonyms SLET, SLOERIE, DEL. Warning! Use these words with extreme care when speaking Dutch.
The Swedish word ‘flicka’ evokes memories of a visit to Sweden some hundred years or so ago, when I was still far from ‘gamla’ or GAMMEL (yesterday’s word). At a midsummer crayfish party somewhere in pre-Wallander country, I had a crush on a beautifully blonde blue-eyed Swedish ‘flicka’. Having sucked the meat out of delicious boiled crayfish and having swallowed too many drops of the lethal water of life, I soon lost sight of her. Akvavit is killing… or was it Gammel Dansk?. After I returned to our marshy land, I lost the urge to learn the vakra flicka’s wonderful language. Which I now regret.
Yesterday I discussed Scandinavian television series and the many Dutch sounding words that I hear. WAKKER (awake) and Swedish ‘wacker’ (pretty) unloosed an interesting discussion about the possible evolution of the words.Today the ancient Dutch word GAMMEL.
Are you, too, a fan of Danish ‘Forbrydelsen’ (The Killing), ‘Bron’/‘Broen’ (The Bridge) or ‘Borgen’, Swedish ‘Wallander’, ‘Män som hatar kvinnor’ (Men Who Hate Women’) or Norwegian ‘Varg Veum’?
On my personal Facebook site there are two reactions to yesterday’s posting on the KOFFIEHUIS that I would like to share with you.
Yulia, who is a student in Petra’s intermediate group, wondered what the Dutch name is for a place that sells excellent coffee like Starbucks, Coffee Company, La Mano Maestra or Lola’s. Café, coffeeshop, koffietent….? What do you think?
Today everyone in the Netherlands can be Queen and King for one full day. We are all free to do and act as we like. We can sing on street corners, expose our artistic selves in public and sell what we like in the street. Especially kids love this national holiday. And all because of the VRIJMARKT.
So there it is. The King’s Song that you knew was coming is finally here… in translation! Are you ready? Can you ever really be?
DOM is one of the oldest words in the Dutch language. And it must have been one of the first words that our future queen Máxima learned.
Taxidrivers hate the many DREMPELS (speed bumps) in the streets of The Hague and surroundings. Avril told me that last November a Hague taxidriver refused to go into a street near her home in Rijswijk. He insisted that he should take a roundabout route, ‘because’, so he said, ‘these ******* “drempels” ruin the suspension of my car.’ So Avril said ‘Stop here!’, got out of the car (being the stubborn person that she is) paid for the ride and walked home.
The other day Hans asked: ‘Has the word BRUILOFT something to do with the expression “de brui eraan geven”? Such a connection would be ironical since so many married couples “chuck it in” these days.’
This weekend we witnessed the birth of a new Dutch way of saying ‘goodbye’. We already had ‘dag’, ‘vaarwel’, ‘doei’ etcetera but now there is HOU JE VEILIG (‘keep safe’).
Jet suggested the word RAASKALLEN (rave, talk gibberish or nonsense). A lovely word that dates back to the early seventeenth century and is still in general use. Lots of people love to RAASKAL… So do I when I am on my FIETS or RIJWIEL (bicycle, see previous postings). Especially when I’m slightly depressed, it helps to RAASKAL to myself somewhat. Sometimes there is a look of surprise, when another cyclist realizes I am not speaking into my cell phone but to myself. When words are up in the air, they fly around, sometimes they start to hum and sing, and make you happy.
Thank you Niromi for your question about WIELRIJDEN. It means ‘to cycle’, so the same as FIETSEN, but it is slightly old-fashioned, just as the word RIJWIEL. There is also the word WIELRENNEN, which means ‘cycle racing’.
Do you know the expression: ‘zo heb je een fiets, zo heb je niets’? One moment you own a bike and the next moment you have nothing. Unfortunately all too true in this country where 4-5% of all bikes are being stolen each year. So don’t forget to lock your FIETS to a lamppost. Or is it a RIJWIEL that you own?