Saturday 17 August 2019

‘Blokkeerfries’ is new word of the year, yogasnuiver is second

Photo: HandigeHarry via Wikimedia Commons

Blokkeerfries – the name given to Frisians who blocked a motorway to stop anti-Zwarte Piet demonstrators reaching the town of Dokkum in 2017 – has been voted new word of the year.

Some 55% of the 28,000 people who took part in this year’s election organised by dictionary maker Van Dale thought blokkeerfries the most emblematic of 2018.

The word hit the headlines frequently this year when members of the group were charged with – and found guilty of-  stopping a legal demonstration.

The second most popular word was ‘yogasnuiver’ (yoga sniffer) a nickname coined by a leading policeman for a person who lives a healthy life but indulges in cocaine and party drugs every now and again.

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