Friday 21 February 2020

Fish that tastes of a mermaid’s kiss? Worst ad slogans of the year

Photo: Slechte Slogans

‘Our fish tastes like a French kiss from a mermaid,’ was the runaway winner in this year’s competition to find the worst advertising slogan of the year.

The slogan, used by fishmongers De Zilte Zeemermin in Arnhem, took 24% of the vote in the annual poll organised by language experts and writers Christine Liebrecht and Tefke van Dijk.

The winners admit they did not come up with the slogan themselves. Brothers Wiebe and Luuk de Haan say it was used years ago by the fishmongers where they would buy a herring with their father in Friesland.

Other slogans on the nomination list included Je rijbewijs hale, doe je bij die kale (literally, pass your driving licence with the baldie) and a cheese shop’s double pun Keuzestress? Wij helpen je graag met een worst kaas scenario (Choice stress? We’ll help you with a sausage and cheese scenario, a play on words and pronunciation of ‘worst case’)

In the eight years since the competition has been organised, more than 2,000 slogans have been sent to the website. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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