Tag: Ronald Plasterk


Dunglish in the EU

Filed under: — Natashka @ 4:27 pm
Tower of Babylon

Ronald Plasterk, the soon to be Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Sciences, recently opened an interesting can of worms (or a Pandora’s box – pick one) by saying that it was “childish” for countries to want to speak their own language in the European Parliament and that “everybody should speak the same broken English”, or in the Dutch case, since the article is in Dutch, they should speak “steenkolen-Engels” (‘Dunglish’). See the FAQ for more on both these terms.

He also said the Dutch should defend their identity although he was less passionate about that.

In Dutch ‘Babylon in Brussel’ (‘Babylon in Brussels’)

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