A subtle linguistic frisson

While in Lausanne for a project meeting, I saw the following scrawled in tiny caps in the grout between tiles in a men’s room at EPFL.

GROETJES AAN IEDEREEN DIE DIT KAN LEZEN -ERIK 2006

I can read it, and in the heart of French-speaking Switzerland, that made me feel a little special. I learned at least some Dutch while in Belgium…