Posted by Johnnymac 8:38 AM
I can't compete with baby pictures, but this made me laugh this morning while surfing the net. An important part of the joke is that you need to know the Dutch word for "horses" which is, paarden.
Whilst researching this piece, I got into a lively conversation with a lady at the division of the Dutch Customs Administration (Douane) that deals with regulations governing the import/export of living things. Speaking mainly Dutch, but occasionally switching to English (as did she), I stumbled while trying to figure out the Dutch word for ‘breed’ when used as a verb.
“It’s fokken,” she said.
“Really?” I replied. “How appropriate.”
She laughed. Knowingly.
The next day, upon relating this exchange to a friend, he told me a joke. About a Dutch horse breeder with only a halting command of English who got invited to a diplomatic reception in The Hague, where at some point he found himself discussing the weather or what have you with the British ambassador.
“And what is it that you do exactly?” the envoy inquired.
“I...ah, what’s the English word? I fok horses.”
“Pardon?!” exclaimed the thoroughly shocked diplomat.