I think it's probably easier to think about the quirks in our harbour. It's full of them, including me. Now see what I've done. I've given human shape to a quirk. Well what would you expect in a harbour full of "liars and peasants"?
That's got you wondering hasn't it?
It's actually what we affectionately call our fellow liggers. In Dutch, your schip or barge as we call it, 'lies' in a harbour, not 'is moored'. Mooring is something you 'do' and is not a state of - well - being moored. So 'mijn schip ligt in de haven' is literally 'my ship lies in the harbour'.
Yes, I've made the 'ship' mistake quite often too. The last time was to another English teacher who gasped when I told her "my ship is on the slipway". I think she had images of the QEII or something.
Anyway, to get back to liars and peasants, it follows then that if you 'lie' in the harbour, you are a 'ligger', or a ..um..liar?
The 'peasant' bit is our own corruption as well. If you are just 'passing through', and you want to stay over, you lie in the passantenhaven. I don't think it takes all too much imagination to figure out how we get to peasants from there…
So there you have it: a harbour full of liars and peasants. Now is that quirky enough?
|A friendly liar with his baby, otherwise known as a fib|
|Long term liars|
|A more recently inaugurated liar|
|A stunning liar|
|And a typical peasant|
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