The one-and-a-half-meter company was voted the Dutch word of the year by (social) distance.
Anderhalvemetersamenleving, a compound name describing life under the Dutch government’s 1.5 meter (5 foot) social distancing requirement, was the clear winner in a vote organized by dictionary company Van Dale.
The long new word, which was added to the dictionary in April during the first peak of Dutch coronavirus infections, garnered just under 30% of the estimated 12,000 votes in the annual contest.
The results were announced on Tuesday, the day the Netherlands began a strict five-week lockdown to counter the recent sharp rise in new infections.
In second place with 11% was’ fabeltjesfuik ‘, a name Van Dale defines as the’ phenomenon whereby social media users interested in conspiracies are being offered more and more conspiracy posts due to the functioning of the conspiracy. social networks, which gradually leads them to believe in themselves.
All of the other words in the top 10 were tied to the defining story of the year – the coronavirus pandemic – and celebrate the Dutch way of creating new words by putting existing words together to describe a new phenomenon.
They included ‘Hoestschaamte’, a word better translated as ‘the shame of coughing’ – the feeling experienced by people coughing in public places during the pandemic – and ‘lockdownfeestje’, a word describing the parties organized and attended by people who do not take containment seriously necessitated by a large-scale viral epidemic.