New word invented to assist Dutch gay marriages

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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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