It is reported that the Dutch Government is to rebrand the country as the Netherlands and to drop the alternative name Holland. Whether the adjective Dutch will be replaced with Netherlandish is not reported.
Some countries have alternate names,
Which can mean more or less the same,
Like England, Britain, the UK,
And people can choose which to say.
And mostly this all works quite well.
The meaning mostly plain to tell,
So though some names are out of touch,
It really doesn’t matter much.
The Low Countries, though, aren’t so sure,
They think they’d like to have names fewer,
And so they plan to Holland ditch,
So with their brand not queer the pitch.
The Netherlands, they say, sounds best,
More dignified than all the rest,
So folk should now be disinclined,
To say Holland – it’s less refined.
So now that I’ve explained the score,
Whenever you might cross their shore,
You should respect the country’s brands …
That’s Holland – sorry, Netherlands.