Tag: Rotterdam


What happened here?

Filed under: — Natashka @ 9:00 am

The graffiti reads “What happend (sic) to freedom, when there is no choice?” What, no choice of words or language? Not very deep, I’m afraid.

As Roel who sent this in put it, “I presume young people must have written this, but why were they using English anyway? Do they think it’s cool? And have you noticed how often Dutch people mix up the tenses?” Well, I also noticed the punctuation. But of course, it’s cool. Dutch is soooo 2008 apparently!

And so the question remains: why use English if you can’t write it? I’ve seen mistakes in English graffiti in the Bronx, but that was just called ‘poor neighbourhood’.

Although a lot of people in Amsterdam like Laser 3.14 who scribbles on many walls, he messes up too.

(Photo: Roel, Rotterdam)

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Rotterdam craziness

Filed under: — Natashka @ 3:59 pm

Folks, I have been busy, am currently entertaining overseas guests and generally in need of a vacation, but I absolutely had to make time to post about this nasty bit of Dunglish sloppiness.

Folly bon

Rotterdam, twice European City of Culture to my knowledge, but alas words fall short, right off Rotterdam’s Euromast. For starters, the price/prize mix up rears its ugly head as well as countless (yes, I’m not going to count) others that tell me a student was probably asked to do this over the summer. ‘Land of origin’ sounds like visitors are a product and ‘valuable’ instead of ‘valid’ is, well, annoying. Cheers!

(Photo: Jasper)

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