Thursday, September 25, 2008

A new happening

With the introduction of the non-smoking policy in the Dutch pubs and other public spaces, there is also an introduction of a new word: smirking.

Visitors of pubs, concerts and indoor train- and bus stations have to affront the upcoming cold weather to get their shot of nicotine. A good and safe reason to start a conversation with a stranger or to make a move towards someone interesting who is in the same position. Therefore the word smirking is a merge of the two words smoking and flirting. And a 'new' phenomenon has born.

And it's clearly visible, all the terraces are crowded with people and the Dutch are smirking in full speed.

(the word smirk already has a meaning: "A constant smirk upon the face, and a whiffling activity of the body, are strong indications of futility." According to Wikipedia or have a look at the smirking chimp, who else could that be than George W. Bush)


Gauri Gharpure said...

A similar ban had been proposed in India which has met with mixed reactions. 'Smirking' seems an interesting outcome of the ban.. we are yet to see if the trend hits India too..

Anonymous said...

Smirking = smoking and flirting?
Turks are really good in that..))

Anonymous said...

Smoke stinks, people who smoke stinks.)!!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Eva!
Looking forward to your Nepal adventures.