Saturday 19 October 2019

Dagobertducktaks – a special tax for the rich – is Van Dale’s word of the year

Dagobertducktaks has been voted new Dutch word of the year by visitors to the Van Dale dictionary group website with almost 18% of the vote.

A Dagobertducktaks is an extra tax for the super rich, named after Donald Duck’s uncle Dagobert – known as Scrooge McDuck in English.

Second was moestuinsocialisme – literally vegetable garden socialism – from Labour minister Jetta Klijnsma who said gardening is a good option for old people on low incomes.

Third in the poll was stemfie – taking a selfie while voting – which became a bit of a hype during the European and local elections this year.

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