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Curious Words in Dutch 6: Telefoonbotje Posted by on Jun 1, 2020

Have you ever called your arm? The Dutch word telephone bone suggests that you can. Or is that not what it means? Let’s take a look at this curious word. Previous posts in this series: Curious Words In Dutch The Telephone Bone You may have heard of the “phone bone” before. It refers to bone growth…

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Untranslatable Dutch: Ver-van-mijn-bedshow Posted by on May 4, 2020

Let’s try to translate something untranslatable again today, shall we? This one is actually quite a curious one, with all its hyphens. Let’s look at word that’s very far from your bed: een ver-van-mijn-bedshow. Click here for more untranslatable words A show far from my bed! So what is this? A far-from-your-bed show? What is that…

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Curious Words in Dutch 5: Eekhoorntjesbrood Posted by on Nov 7, 2019

Yesterday, Karoly wrote about paddestoelenseizoen  (mushroom season) in the Netherlands. A wonderful time of the year, with some delicious recepten (recipes) and maaltijden (dishes). And while mushrooms have some weird names like hanekam (literally “cockscomb”, chanterelle mushrooms), oesterzwam (oyster mushroom) or hoorn van overvloed (horn of abundance), there is one that is really quite curious: Eekhoorntjesbrood! Previous posts in this series: Curious Words In…

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Curious Words in Dutch 3: Bellen Posted by on Jul 1, 2019

There are many strange words in a language. Words that are just not used much, words that are pronounced in a weird way… Just words that have something curious about them! And those are the ones we look at in this series. Today, we look at bellen. Previous posts in this series: Curious Words In…

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Curious Words in Dutch 3: IJsberen Posted by on Mar 18, 2019

There are many strange words in a language. Words that are just not used much, words that are pronounced in a weird way… Just words that have something curious about them! And those are the ones we look at in this series. Today, we look at ijsberen. Previous posts in this series: Curious Words In…

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Curious Words In Dutch 2: Voorkomen Posted by on Dec 11, 2017

There are many strange words in a language. Words that are just not used much, words that are pronounced in a weird way… Just words that have something curious about them! And those are the ones we look at in this series. Today, we look at voorkomen. Previous posts in this series: Curious Words in Dutch…

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Curious Words in Dutch: Opdat Posted by on Nov 20, 2017

There are many strange words in a language. Words that are just not used much, words that are pronounced in a weird way… Just words that have something curious about them! And those are the ones we look at in this series. Starting today with opdat. Voegwoorden Opdat is a voegwoord (conjunction). This means that its purpose is…

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