Dutch word of the year: swaffelen

Doug Harris cats22 at STNY.RR.COM
Tue Dec 16 15:26:05 UTC 2008

Adds new meaning to the concept of what male teens do so often: think with their dicks.

>>> In their annual end-of-year craze for lists and nominations, the
>>> Dutch have elected the verb "swaffelen" as the word of the year. It
>>> netted 57 percent of the 16,000 votes on the website hosted by Van
>>> Dale Publishers, renowned for its authoritative dictionaries. The
>>> word, a loan from English, is not generally known and many wonder
>>> what it means. Stop reading here if you're allergic to nudity.
>>> "Swaffelen" is something only men can do. Apparently, it means 'to
>>> swing one's penis, making it bump against something, in order to
>>> stimulate either oneself or someone else.'
>>  >
>> The article claims the word is from English, which could be the case,
>> as there are a handful of related citations for swaffle, swaffling,
>> and swaffled online.
>> Grant Barrett
>> gbarrett at worldnewyork.org

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