Where Did the Expression “Going Dutch” Come From and What Does the Slang Term Mean?

War has influenced the slurs in our language more than anything else.

For example, when a soldier runs from battle the French say he’s gone traveling “English style,” while the English say he’s on “French leave.”

During the Anglo-Dutch wars of the seventeenth century, British insults were that “Dutch courage” came from a bottle.

A “Dutch treat” meant that everyone paid their own way, which of course was no treat at all.

When two people share the cost of a date, we say they’re “going Dutch”.

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1 thought on “Where Did the Expression “Going Dutch” Come From and What Does the Slang Term Mean?”

  1. I am born and raised in Nederland and never heard of going “dutch ” it seems to me that the English used this expresion to look to us not that freindly in the old days.
    And as someone tells me we are going dutch I still feel offended , we are not raised that way.

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