Horse & BMAC
koenraad.elst at PANDORA.BE
Mon Mar 20 09:20:13 UTC 2000
I have by now understood that you are something of a humorist, so I don't
mind in the least if you call me "een stomme Belg"*. Only, a German should
be careful with what he calls Belgians. Your great post-War Chancellor
Konrad Adenauer (and I suspect that my Christian-Democratic father had him
in mind when he picked a first name for me) described the Germans as
"Belgians with megalomania".
And now that we're at it: any bilingual Belgian could tell you that the
correct French expression is not "comme l'habitude" but "comme d'habitude".
All the same: sincere thanks for the information on the BMAC.
* for those who don't understand the language of paradise: "stom" means
something between "dumb" and "stupid", a common stereotype in the "Belgian
jokes" narrated by our neighbours. Thus, on a train, three Dutchmen and a
Belgian, one of the Dutchmen tells a Belgian joke. The two other Dutchmen
laugh, but the Belgian doesn't. "Why aren't you laughing?" -- "I am Belgian
myself." -- "Oh, then I'll tell it to you more slowly."
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