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Oct 20, 2015
This week’s theme
Words derived from Dutch

This week’s words
hogen-mogen
toenadering
poppycock
sooterkin
brabble

toenadering
President Raúl Castro of Cuba and President Barack Obama

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with Anu Garg

toenadering

PRONUNCIATION:
(TOO-nah-duhr-ing)

MEANING:
noun: Establishing or reestablishing of cordial relations, especially between nations.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Dutch toenadering (advance, approach), from toe (to) + nader (closer). Earliest documented use: 1920.

NOTES:
The term is typically seen in South Africa, but it’s worth adopting everywhere. The French equivalent is rapprochement.

USAGE:
“The party and the labour federation may seem to be on the same page in opposing e-tolling, but don’t hold your breath for a toenadering even on this front.”
Cosatu and DA Lock Horns; The Argus (Cape Town, South Africa); Mar 17, 2012.

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