Epibreren (Dutch)

To go off and engage in unspecified, usually bureaucratic or administrative, activities that seem highly important but, in fact, are not, or nonexistent. First published by a Dutch author in 1954 referring to a bureaucratic excuse, the word was quickly adopted into Dutch to mean doing absolutely nothing while making it seem like you are immensely busy doing something important, or doing something vague, nonspecific and ultimately fruitless with an inquirer’s letter/complaint/request.

Word donated by Femke


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