The word Gekoloniseerd a cartoon dark skinned man falling screenshot from an animated video about Netherlands colonialism


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Gekoloniseerd is a Dutch word which means "colonized." After appearing in an animated short explaining Dutch colonialism and the East India Trading Company, the term began being used on Dutch subreddits in jokes about the Dutch taking something over. Eventually, these jokes spread to history meme subreddits.


On January 20th, 2017, YouTuber Studio Massa posted an animated short about Dutch colonization titled "de VOC (voor idioten)," which translates to the "Dutch East India Trading Company, for Idiots." In the video, a Dutch explorer visits a remote island and is helped by a local, only to eventually hit the local. As the dark-skinned man falls, red text reading "Gekoloniseerd" appears over his face, similar to a Wasted or You Died screen (shown below).


On February 13th, 2017, the image was posted to /r/circeltrek[1] as a reaction image with the caption, "Filips Gezicht Wanneer ik Spaansche lesboeken verbrand en er daarna overheen pis," which roughly translates "when I burn Philip's Spanish books and piss all over them." Over the following two years, the phrase continued seeing similar use in Dutch subreddits. On April 18th, 2018, Redditor WAVAW-WAVAW posted a Cake Slice meme about the Dutch East India Company's exploitation of India, gaining 122 points in /r/circeltrek[2] (shown below, left). On February 2nd, 2019, Redditor B-Company[3] posted a Poland Ball meme using the phrase, gaining over 90 points in /r/nederlands.[3]

GEKOLONISEERD VOC Indie Indie When a Dutchy sees something Dutch on Reddit GEKOLONISEERD b-company

As the memes began spreading in Dutch subreddits, /r/HistoryMemes began seeing popular posts about the phrase as well. For example, a post with the phrase posted November 17th, 2018 by user katuabeltza[4] gained over 5,000 points (shown below, left). On December 27th, user Offensivekmemes[5] posted an It's Free Real Estate meme using the phrase, gaining over 340 points (shown below, right). The spread of jokes was inquired about on /r/OutOfTheLoop[6] on December 30th, 2018.

GEKOLONISEERD the dutch islands with spices GEKOLONISEERD Country with spices: exists* The Netherlands: It's Free Real Estate

Various Examples

pedole Bruder muss gekoloniseerd Eurovisie Songfestival GEKOLONISEERD C THE NETHERLANDS Eurovision Song Contest Winner 2019 GEKOLONISEERD (only Dutch people will understand) Americans about to attack area 51 and most likely gonna die Me, who lives in an European country with windmills and tulips Gekoloniseerd Dutch nibbas when Americans use mph instead of spices per colony | Zeg makker Gekoloniseerd! Me: I live in The Netherlands but not in Amsterdam and I don't smoke weed Americans: VTrh r h A= nr2 C = 27Tr ir V= r2h tan (8) 30° 45 60° x-cosx+C 10- 3 sin dx agx+C COS COS X ftgxdx-Injcos x+ 3 tan 2x 60% dx Intg sin x ax +bx+c 0 +C =0 30° eirad dx arctg xV3 +2 x+0 2a a +x dx -Aac 45 Gekoloniseerd Nobody The Dutch: "Let's base the world's first futures market on tulips 560 O18 .286 286A 2.286 14563 156 0287 0.12% WAStonks 0070.1204 0.234 N/A 0.1902 213 027

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