Wednesday 06 July 2022

‘Schaamte’, as in flight shame, wins second vote for Dutch Word of the Year

Flight shame originated in Sweden. Photo:

The Dutch word schaamte (shame) has been voted as word of the year by members of the Onze Taal organisation, which works to promote the use of Dutch.

Schaamte is increasingly being used as a suffix to create new words such as vliegschaamte (flight shame), the organisation said. ‘It is a punchy way of saying a lot about the increasing unease we feel about making environment-unfriendly choices,’ director Vibeke Roeper told NOS radio.

Schaamte took 20% of the vote and was followed by Brexitmoe (tired of Brexit), which was just two votes ahead of stikstofcrisis (nitrogen crisis).

Earlier this month ‘boomer’ was voted word of the year in the Van Dale dictionary contest.

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