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When A Trap Can Be Useful But A Ramp Is Disasterous (Or - More Strange Language Differences)
I have been reading the NOS website (and looking at the Dutch news broadcasts on the internet) and I suddenly realised something.

There are two words which are shared by English and Dutch but have totally different meanings in each language.

In English a "trap" is to be avoided at all costs (unless it comes with a pony - in which case it is going to be used to transport something).

However, the Dutch word "Trap" means something I will happily go up but I would rather not go down it unless either I know it or I have no other way of going to a lower level.  Ladies and Gentlemen - ask a Dutch person where the nearest "trap" is and you will find yourself being directed to the nearest staircase.

On the other hand - approaching the English definition of a "ramp" (an artificial slope as seen in stunts by Evel Kinevel, among others) at too high a speed can lead to the Dutch definition of a "ramp" and that would be a "disaster".

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