We are the champions


This live TV Dunglish blunder I snapped yesterday reminds me of one of the first parties I went to when I moved to The Netherlands. Someone was trying to tell me they learnt something from all those American television shows on Dutch TV by saying that only Americans thought in terms of winners and losers (with just one ‘o’, eh).

Well, you were wrong.

12 Responses to “We are the champions”

  1. StarQuake says:

    I think you should buy a new telly. Great site though!

  2. Natashka says:

    There’s nothing wrong with my telly, the picture got fuzzy this week!

  3. esther says:

    It’s an extremely common mistake.

    It seems people just do not know the word is spelled with just one “o”. Maybe they think it looks more English like this, or that the Dutch “oe” sound always has to be spelled “oo”.

    Anyway, it seems to be the Standard Dunglish Spelling of “loser”.

  4. Natashka says:

    Those TV folks know better than to make such an amateur mistake. Or am I too nice?

    And if the Van Dale does not have ‘looser’ in it, it’s wrong in Dutch as well or hasn’t made it in yet.

  5. Larry says:

    ‘Loose(r)’ an extremely common mistake among native speakers of English too.

  6. Invader_Stu says:

    Since I started reading your blog I’ve started noticing more of these mistakes too

  7. Natashka says:


  8. René says:

    Snel lozen, die loosers! 😉

  9. Sheila says:

    Funny, funny, funny! But it irritates me, on the other hand. We’re in the Netherlands. Use Dutch words!

  10. Branko Collin says:

    The journalists in question are probably from Amsterdam, so they swap their voiced and unvoiced fricatives. De son in de see sien sakke, remember? That’s how loser becomes looser.

  11. The losers of 2006 / Branko’s Weblog says:

    […] Comedy gold from Dunglish.nl. In case you do not get the joke: a Dutch news show trying to be cool by using English words. Van means of. […]

  12. Jeroen Mirck says:

    ‘Looser’ is a dunglish mistake on the loose… 😉
    It keeps coming back, like in this LinkedIn group I just got invited for: “Marketing Pioneers is a group of marketeers who want to be ahead of the masses. People who have the ambition to excel in the marketing expertise. Pioneers are known for their offensive strategies with an uncertain result. There is only a fine line between winning and loosing. Learn from both best practices and mistakes others made, meet other marketing pioneers and be inspired by leaders in the marketing discipline.”

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