alaaf

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Etymology[edit]

Originally from the carnival tradition of Cologne. Either a descendant of the number Eleven, or from the phrase "All gone" in an old Cologne dialect (where it is 'All af').

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Interjection[edit]

alaaf

  1. (Brabantian, Limburg) A greeting used during carnaval.
    • 2000, Harrie Rook, CARNAVAL, nl.onderwijs.algemeen:
      Over carnaval moet je geen les geven. Carnaval moet je vieren. Alaaf.
      You shouldn't teach about Carnaval in class. Carnaval should be celebrated. Alaaf.