A big kiss for the fat tart
When I moved to the Netherlands, I made a very good friend who is originally from Friesland (north of the country) where they speak their own language: Frisian. One day, she was writing a letter to her mother to wish her happy birthday. I thought I'd put a little note on the card in Dutch: Gefeliciteerd. Dikke trut, which I thought meant 'Congratulation. Big kiss'. When my friend read what I wrote, she asked me why I called her mum 'a fat tart'. I was meant to write tut, kiss, and not trut, tart. What one letter makes a difference in meaning! We all still laugh about this.
Sent by: Claire