Les Intraduisibles: Dutch-English


To steer, send, drive, guide. The inverse "stuurloos" means out of control, without direction. In the study of public administration ("bestuurskunde") a school of thought distinguishes between "besturen" and "sturen" as to the difference between all the intellectual activities involved in "steering a car" versus the "act of steering". Compare the difference between the captain of a ship who plots the course and decides what to do, versus the "stuurman" or steersman or navigating officer who "merely" implements the captain's orders.

Rutgers Mark 3/7/2002