Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 09:31:23 EDT From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: Dutch request More specifically, the two dozen or so Dutch slurs contained in Farmer & Henley's late Victorian era slang dictionary are annotated with the note that they (Dutch auction/concert/consolation/treat/uncle/wife/...) arose during the 17th century herring wars in the North Sea, and most (but not all) evidently have gradually disappeared as those wars have receded in memory. --Larry