Tonight a new television called “Fok jou” (Dutch slang for “Fuck you”) will be premiering on public television. Judging by the webpage, it’s aimed at young people and it’s trying to be cool.
There’s this theory in many countries that swearing in a foreign language is never as bad as in your own. I can’t believe they made a show called “Fuck you”. Granted, there isn’t really a Dutch expression that matches its power. Dutch subtitlers translate it as “Catch cholera” (Krijg de klere), which no one actually says anymore. The cast descriptions confirm that cool Dutch kids speak Dunglish. Good or bad, I think it sounds very poor and uneducated, but I guess I should see it first. What if I don’t want to?