Study association T.W.I.S.T. has her own logo, flag, coat of arms, and song. Below, all of these will be explained. The official description of the symbolism of T.W.I.S.T. can be read in the heraldry document (Dutch).


The logo of T.W.I.S.T. is the golden apple, as depicted below. The Apple of Discord originates from Greek mythology. Godess Eris wants to offer the apple to the one that is the most beautiful. Three godesses have a fight (also called a ‘twist’ in Dutch) over who has the right to receive the apple. Eventually Paris may choose who will be gifted the apple. All of the godesses offer him something, but Paris chooses Hera, the godess who promises him Earth’s most beautiful woman. Hera receivers the apple and Paris receives Helena’s hand for marriage. This is the start of the Trojan war, the war over Helena.

The golden apple from this myth has found its way into the Dutch language under the name of the ‘twistappel’, which means: ‘a subject or matter over which disagreement exists’. In this association the apple does not bring any disagreements. Instead, it symbolises the connection between her members. ‘The apple is there for all of us’, as stated in the lyrics of our anthem


Ever since board Jan (2015-2016), T.W.I.S.T. has had an official flag as designed by Jur Timmerman. The four different sections of the flag symbolise the four tracks of our study programme, Linguistics. Within the association, all four of these tracks are united as one. The golden apple, depicted in the middle of the flag, symbolises the assocation.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of T.W.I.S.T. is a shield consisting of five different sections. Next to the T.W.I.S.T. apple – depicted in the smaller, central shield – there is a section dedicated to the symbol of Leiden, and three sections dedicated to each of the study programmes T.W.I.S.T. previously used to represent. The study programme Languages and Cultures of Afrika is represented by an African shield, depicted on top of the three Panafrican colours. General Linguistics is represented by the IPA symbol which roughly depicts the sound of a wildebeest. Lastly, Comparative Indo-European Linguistics is represented by two sun wheels and two horses.

The motto Linguistica Est is the Latin translation of Taalwetenschap is ‘t! (Linguistics is it), the association’s slogan, of which T.W.I.S.T. is the acronym.


T.W.I.S.T.’s anthem is found below. The lyrics and melody can be found in the heraldry document above. An English version has not yet been created, but we are taking suggestions, so feel free to contact the board if you have any good ideas!