New word invented to assist Dutch gay marriages
The Dutch Language Union invents geboortenaam (birthname) so that men entering gay marriages need not fill in their “maiden names”.16 July 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - De Telegraaf writes that the Dutch Language Union has invented a new word: geboortenaam (birthname).
"The word was needed because men who entered into a gay marriage had to fill in their 'maiden name' on official forms when they wanted to take on their spouse's surname."
A civil servant approached the Dutch Language Union and asked if it could help in thinking up a new word for the forms. He found it 'embarrassing' to give someone a form asking for a maiden name when the person was male.
The Dutch Language Union had to think over the matter because as a matter of course it does not make up its own words, but in this instance decided to give the language a helping hand.
[Radio Netherlands / Frank Scimone / Expatica]
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