Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 19:55:14 -0400

From: Allan Metcalf AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: Dutch request

I have an inquiry about where the negativism in "Dutch" terms (Dutch courage,

Dutch kiss, Dutch rub etc - see DARE for more) comes from. I suggested

looking at Beatrix Visser 't Hooft's "Systematic Racism in Dictionaries: The

Case of the Dutch" in the latest _Dictionaries_ 18 (1997), but the reply was:

It doesn't answer the "why" question in a historical way, while blaming the

lexicograhpers which is ridiculous.

Hasn't American Speech or any other publication looked at the social

circumstances that created that prejudice at least as it is expressed in the

English language? Is there anyone who would know?

I don't know, so I'm asking you. Please reply to Vivian Ducat,

Vivid130[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]; as well as to the list, if it's of general interest.

Thanks. - Allan Metcalf