Belgium is the rudest word in the Universe, yet by a strange coincidence, also the name of a country on Earth. In the Secondary Phase of the radio series, it is stated as "completely banned in all parts of the Galaxy, except in one part, where they don't know what it means, and in serious screenplays."
In the US version of the third novel, Life, the Universe and Everything, the word is used to replace the word "fuck" which was in the British publication, when referring to the Rory Award for "The Most Gratuitous Use of the Word 'Fuck/Belgium' in a Serious Screenplay." Arthur Dent nearly gets punched for asking the girl explaining the award, "have you ever been to Belgium in fact?"
Notes and references
- From the sixth episode of the TV series.