Come flow with me


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.

(Link: Els)

3 Responses to “Come flow with me”

  1. cronopio says:

    English suffers from the problem:
    Woman: “Do you believe in computer dating?”
    Groucho Marx: “Only if the computers really love each other.”

  2. Natashka says:


    Problem is humans can use a computer, the Internet or a phone for the purpose of dating, but not a boat. And if you can, I don’t want to know about it 🙂

  3. Larry says:

    I suppose you could meet someone for a date at a floating restaurant …

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