Earlier today I arrived in the glorious Madison for World Dairy Expo.
When I was getting out of my car at the hotel, there were 5 Dutchmen taking pictures of my license plate. Ummmmmmmm. I asked them if everything was ok…
Sara: Is there something wrong with my car?
Dutchmen: *laughing* No, no! You’re license plate means something funny in Dutch.
Sara: What? What does it mean??
Dutchmen: Something bad. Don’t worry.
Sara: Can you please tell me what it means?
Dutchmen: *laughy laughy laughy* *mumble mumble*
Dutchmen: Don’t worry. You have a very nice car, so you should be proud of that.
Sara: … sure…
I didn’t QUITE catch what they said… But I had a pretty good idea.
My boss is Dutch. So for a minute I was thinking, “How am I supposed to word this text to Chief asking him to tell me what a potentially really embarrassing word means? ‘Hi, this is kind of awkward, but I was being laughed at earlier… what does this mean?'” But I didn’t want to do that because I was already embarrassed and sweating and I wasn’t even positive what this three letter word meant.
So I turned to the internet.
It turns out that the three letter combination that was randomly assigned by the DMV is a derogatory term in Dutch.
So obviously I had to text that story to about 10 people because I was thinking WHYYYYYY MEEEEEE??????
One of my girlfriends said, “Well, no one here knows what it means, so you don’t have to be embarrassed.”
…I’m still embarrassed.