Friday, June 10, 2005

You shouldn't always keep it short

It's the Netherlands, not Holland. And it's Northern Ireland, not Ulster. Ruth Walker uses these facts at Verbal Energy to talk about when shorter isn't better and "search-and-replace editors." She throws in some trivia for fun reading:
The people of the Netherlands are sometimes called Netherlanders but more usually designated as "Dutch," which literally means "German" (compare "Deutsch"). The Pennsylvania Dutch are in fact of German and Swiss descent, as their visitors generally find out sooner or later. And "Dutchman" turns out to be slang in the Western United States to refer to a man of German ancestry. Go figure. In the building trades, a "dutchman," lowercase, refers to "a piece or wedge inserted to hide the fault in a badly made joint, to stop an opening, etc." Now go figure that one. And it gets worse. Politically correct it's not.

3 Comments:

At 4:24 PM, June 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps it comes from the old story of the Nederlander plugging a hole in the dike?

 
At 2:34 AM, June 11, 2005, Anonymous Martin said...

"Pennsylvania Dutch" refers to people of German descent, ja?

 
At 2:51 PM, June 13, 2005, Blogger Bill said...

Wonder who that "colleague of mine" who says "search-and-replace editors" is ...

 

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