Double Dutch in language twister
An ongoing battle over language in The Netherlands is being fuelled by the country’s New Year’s word lists.
The Little Green Book, or Het Groene Boekje, the official Dutch spelling guide, was published this year.
But it is being boycotted by public broadcasters, who say it is too silly for words.
Instead, the Dutch media has published its own Little White Book with a list of new words that they want to add to the Dutch language, unofficially.
The Het Witte Boekje will soon embrace the new words of 2007.
It is mostly the big newspapers who come up with new words, like - “blowverbodbord” - a notice stating that it is illegal to consume soft drugs in the immediate area.
The street sign shows a large lit joint in a red warning circle.
It is put up by Amsterdam city council in places where it is officially forbidden to smoke cannabis in public.
Collectors around the world buy “blowverbodborden” for $100 (