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#208143 - 11/27/12 10:58 PM Loanword subscription expires Joined: Jun 2006
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The French president Hollande demanded that the Netherlands return all loanwords before 2015. Indirect reason for his 'cri de coeur' is the 200th anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which will be celebrated from 2013 to 2015
- 1813 marked the end of French rule and various words and phrases from French origin were loaned. The Dutch government has for years been able to renew the subscription but after 200 years the French want their words back.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans relativates his worries about the file in his portfolio. "This idée-fixe of France is not an ordinary request but a logical measure in historical perspective."
The Netherlands have made some question remarks about the name Hollande. Stef Blok (VVD) is alert on some economic profits that may result from this request. The research office of his party forsees a significant growth of demand for cordon bleus, horloges en prostitutes.The rumor that proper names are at stake too is an outrage says Frans . For 'Cedric', 'Bernard' and 'Louise' they wil try to work out a slow and mild replacement construction.
The CPB expects that only 69% of all French loanwords can be replaced in time.
This is good news for cabaretiers, trottoirs and oeuvres.
Bad news for parvenues and bonvivants because from 1915 they will have to do without lingerie, polonaise and bouillon.
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