DUTCH WORD OF THE YEAR

Dec 16, 2020

By Andy Johnson

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According to Miriam Webster, the English word of the year is “pandemic.”  In Holland it’s a bit more complicated.

It’s “Anderhalvemetersamenleving,” which literally translates into “One-and-a-half-meter-society”

It was voted the winner by a rather large (social) distance.

The word is a compound noun describing life under the Dutch government’s 1.5-meter social distancing requirement.

Ironically, the announcement came just as the Netherlands entered a strict five-week lock down to counter a recent sharp rises in new COVID-19 infections.

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