Wednesday, December 17, 2008



1. Verb, transitive, meaning "join a fraternity," usually at either Leiden or Utrecht university.

Pronounced: S'WAFFLE-in.

"Swaffelen" was chosen Dutch word of the year in 2008.

Originally from Zwaffelen, Belgian slang for swerving back and forth while drunk.

2. V. trans.: to slap with a flaccid penis.


The first I heard of swaffelen was when some Dutch kids got in trouble for smacking their dicks against the Taj Mahal (the video is here).

There was a bit of an uproar and the kid was kicked out of school because: a lack of respect for somebody else's culture, right?

Obviously the idea is much older than the word. To cite an earlier reference in literature, I believe it was Dr. Dre who said back in 1987:

"This bitch is tryin' to gank me! I'll slap you upside yo' head with 9 inches of limp dick"
Or words to that effect.

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