Monday/ ‘dadels’

These are fresh dates, a first for me, since I have only eaten dried ones all my life.  A coworker brought them from Beijing.   We sometimes say in Afrikaans ‘daar sal dadels van kom‘ ( ‘dates will come of it’), meaning nothing will come of it.   One theory has it that dadels actually refers to a good-for-nothing Dutch governor-general from Batavia in the East named Daedels.  

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