Dutch word of the day: Oranjegekte

Today is Koninginnedag, a Dutch holiday celebrating the queen's birthday. Sure, we're a little royal-starved here in the USA, but here's a good reason to observe Queen's Day: Oranjegekte.

Oranjegekte means "orange craziness" or "orange madness" and means pretty much that. In wikipedia's typically gripping prose, "The most important characteristic is the colour orange that dominates the street scene with flags and banners, clothing and even ordinary consumer goods." Sounds like a good idea to me. I like orange ordinary consumer goods, I guess we were just a little late celebrating last year.

Happy slightly belated Queen's Day to all my friends at the old 'switch BV. Have an orange stroopwafel for me.

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  1. [...] the Netherlands, today is Koninginnedag, the official celebration of the Queen’s birthday, if not the actual birthday of the woman [...]

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