The word "blokkeerfries" is the winner of Van Dale's Word of the Year election, getting 55.4 percent of the over 28 thousand votes. "Yogasnuiver", someone who usually lives healthily but occasionally indulges in party drugs and cocaine, and "mangomoment", a moment of happiness that a seriously ill patient experiences through an apparently insignificant, non-medical act or comment from a doctor, came in second and third place respectively.
The Netherland's word of the year is 'appongeluk' - a traffic accident in which at least one of the involved parties were busy on their smartphones, Van Dale announced on Tuesday. Nearly 70 thousand votes were cast for the word of the year. Appongeluk won with 20 percent of the votes.
Second place went to 'fipronilei' - eggs contaminated by toxic pesticide fipronil. And third place went to 'reenboogtaal', referring to gender neutral language, for example when addressing a person.
Van Dale announced the top ten contenders for Word of the Year 2016, new words that emerged during the course of the year. This year's new words indicate that United States president-elect, the Brexit and Pokemon were on Dutch people's minds.
"Rampvlucht" is the word of the year for 2014. This was determined by members and followers of the Genootschap Onze Taal (Society Our Language) and listeners of De Taalstaat (The Language State). The winning word was announced in the program for the Dutch language on NPO Radio one on Saturday.
Dagobertducktaks has won the Van Dale Word of the Year 2014. Ton den Boon, Dutch chief editor of the Dikke Van Dale, and Ruud Hendrickx, Flemish chief editor of the Dikke Van Dale, announced the winner in a short film.
The voting on Van Dale Word of the Year 2014 ends today at 12:00 p.m. The results will be announced tomorrow.