Thursday 27 February 2020

‘Blokkeerfries’ or ‘testosterontweet’? Vote is on for word of the year

Photo: HandigeHarry via Wikimedia Commons

Dutch dictionary maker Van Dale has nominated 18 words for the title ‘word of the year 2018’.

‘Blokkeerfries’, a reference to the group of Frisian people who blocked a motorway to stopdemonstrators on their way to a protest against Zwarte Piet, stands a good chance of winning the title, especially since shock blog Geen Stijl is encouraging people to vote for it.

Other candidates include ‘hempathie’ or himpathy, meaning a feeling of sympathy for a powerful man, especially one who is brought down, and ‘kwispellezen’, which refers to the encouragement that children who have trouble reading get from the wagging tail of an assistance dog.

‘Testosterontweet’, perhaps best translated as a Trump, and ‘yogasnuiver’ (yoga sniffer) for a person who lives an otherwise healthy life but uses cocaine and other drugs at the weekend are also in the running.

Last year’s winner was ‘appongeluk’, an accident happening as a result of using Whatsapp in traffic.

Voting for this year’s word of the year ends at December 17.

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