Daredevil Dutch Demons
|From:||Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, August 4, 1999, 1:17|
There's a place in New York City where the Harlem river meets the Hudson
river. It's called "Spuyten Duyvil". I've always heard that _spuyten_
is a dutch verb, "to spite", and that the area was named when an early
Dutch settler from New Amsterdam said that he would swim the crossing "in
spite of the devil" or "to spite the devil". But a few minutes ago i saw
a website that claimed that "Spuyten Duyvil" means "spitting devil".
does anyone know which it is?
PS - do Brooklyn and Lynbrook mean the same thing? uhm..."broken land"
or something is what i think i've heard.
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