The modern industrial city Tilburg is no longer a local town or neighborhood. Modern Tilburg is a well known, international center of business and economical production. It is the fast growing centre of transport and industry in the Benelux. In accordance to these facts of international significance the official language is no longer Dutch or local dialect.
Young children already are given names like ‘John’, Kimberley’ and ‘Wesley’. On websites, like msn, these children give additions to their names like "feel happy", "feel good". Together with the old language even the name of the town has been changed. It is no longer "Tilburg", but quite simple "T", "T-town" or "T-City". Upgrading this city is no longer called "onderhoud", but "painting the city". And of course this city has now a "university" and no longer an "universiteit".
Especially in the centre you see the new language in the town. Yet the inhabitants don’t realize. There was a kind of quiz with a list of English names from shops and texts in the inner city (see ‘Terug-van-vakantie-spel’). The inhabitants was asked: "which town might this be?"
But they didn’t realize it was their own town!!! They thought it was New York, Miami, London.
It is unbelievable. It seems that the development of the town goes faster than the development of the mind. Only one citizen (a certain Aldert van der Burg) knew the right answer. And even this person said "Tilburg" and not "T" or "T-town". So he can forget the price of a long weekend London. But we suppose he will enjoy the honor of having given the best and almost right answer.
Voor overzicht per onderwerp van eerdere en latere stukjes zie weblogoverzicht.