Rabu, 30 Maret 2011

What's a Dutch uncle?

: dutch uncle

Why: Jessica Fletcher told her niece, "Don't force me to Dutch uncle you. I'm only an aunt." Good one!
Answer: Someone who advises or criticizes frankly and sternly! It come from old animosity between the English and the Dutch, who fought in many wars in the 17th and 18th centuries. Though they are pals now, English still has a bunch of demeaning phrases:
  • Dutch courage - Courage inspired by liquor
  • Dutch gold - Imitation gold
  • Dutch treat (or "go Dutch") - Where each must pay his own share
While the "typical" uncle (as in the word avuncular) is kind and indulgent, the Dutch uncle is a total dick.

Source: Wordsmith.org

The More You Know: Pick your Dutch poison!

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