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USAGE: Dutch/Flemish (was: Piat)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Thursday, July 15, 1999, 19:12
From Http://Members.Aol.Com/Lassailly/Tunuframe.Html wrote:

> > When the orthography of Dutch was being nailed down, it was found that > > the Dutch in the Netherlands preferred the spelling > > "cultuur", to avoid being too German, whereas their neighbors in > > Belgium preferred "kultuur", to avoid being too French. > > > > no way. dutch prefer cultuur to look french > and flamish prefer kultuur to look german.
It comes to the same thing, I think, whether in terms of "not wanting to be too X" or "wanting to look like X".
> Q : what are the first lines of any dutch cooking receipe ? > A : lend your neighbour an egg.
There is an analogous joke in English about a recipe for rabbit stew that begins "First, catch your rabbit." -- John Cowan Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! / Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau / Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge / Politzer