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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Hourly Offense


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  1. Conversely, seeing the sign "TE HUREN" on the side of a van in the Netherlands made me (from Germany) laugh.

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    1. And seeing the sign "TO LET" in Britain I wondered whether an "I" had fallen off in the middle.

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    2. A German friend of mine still wonders what happens in a Dutch Kinderopvang ;)

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  2. In Swedish, it's important when cheering to say hoo-RAH instead of HOO-rah, for very similar reasons.

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  3. Welcome to The Netherlands! And very happy that you didn't call it Holland :)

    Wait till you learn the word 'hoor'. It sounds exactly like 'whore' and Dutch people love to use it at the end of their sentences. This is such a strong habit that some even use it when they speak English, resulting in sentences that sound like "This seat is free, whore".

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    1. Hah! I did not know that, whore.

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    2. I think this is partly because there is not really a good English equivalent. What English word could you put at the end of almost any given sentence to emphasize it?

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  4. Fortunately, if you utter a sentence like "Het is drie hoer.", most Dutch people will recognize that it's a language/pronunciation mistake and you're not actually calling them a whore, especially if you're speaking to a man.

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