Where would the future of the English language be without more neologisms from Dutch politicians! I proudly present “bootdaten” and “bootdate”, which sounds like something military, but actually means “boat dating” and “boat date”, implying that boats date each other. Considering the Netherlands’ open-mindedness, this isn’t too far a stretch. It’s about using boats as public transport in Amsterdam.
Moving along, there is a lovely alternative to the Dutch “kiss and ride” – the Dutch use the English straight up – “kiss and flow”. I find it funny and very stupid. I am assuming that ‘varen’ (navigate) got turned into ‘flow’, which a boat does not do. Water flows, boats float. Traffic flows, although on water not that fast (no more than 30 km/h by law). Rotterdam has speedy water taxis, but they do not have to navigate through cute canals.