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Word of the Day: ouwehoeren (bullshitting, part 2)

Further to yesterday’s posting on OUWEHOEREN

ouwehoeren 2

The Doubletstraat is a HOERENSTRAAT in the centre of The Hague, a narrow street, opposite the house where the famous philosopher Spinoza worked from 1670 until he died in 1677. Back then the area was also riddled with whores.

Spinoza’s statue reminds us that we are all humble humans, all slaves to our passions. He seems to say that there will always be HOEREN and HOERENLOPERS because reason is impotent. Homo sapiens, ‘wise man’: NONSENS, ONZIN. People may seem reasonable but, so he says, there is no way that they can stop blabbering. It is in their nature. Wittgenstein concluded his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922) : ‘Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent’. Which is a less sophisticated way of saying: ‘OUWEHOER niet zo!

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