Perhaps it is not something you think of before moving into another house, but… how do you name the rooms?
Case in point: we have something we sometimes call a gangkast, a “corridor closet” in our current house. Only, it is not in the corridor, but in the living room. I still don’t know how we ended up with this name. Most of the time I try to call it the “staircase closet” as it is inside the living room, but under the staircase. But it doesn’t quite stick.
In the old house, the front door opens into a corridor. The back door opens up into the living room. In the new house, the back door opens into the corridor. So that is, right, the corridor. But when I use that term, my wife asks me whether I mean the corridor or the portal. By portal (Dutch: halletje) I mean the 1x1 meter just behind the front door, leading into the living room.
Blimey! How hard! So I try to get some names that I picked to stick. Using them constantly and making sure I correct wrong usage.
Most rooms now have a proper name. All except one weird one and one that give a problem:
I might even go so far to put actual labels on the rooms… Although I’m probably going to far then…
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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