How to insult a Dutchman

A (Dutch) study asked 192 young men to imagine being knocked off their feet by an assailant.  Spaniards, Dutchman, and Germans were polled as to their likely response:

Insults from the Spaniards focused on references to animals and family members; for the Dutch it was references to diseases.  The Germans preferred to cite body parts and functions…In Dutch to accuse someone of being infected with typhoid is a biting insult.

That is from The European Wall Street Journal, 18 July 2006, p.30, drawn originally from The Washington Post.


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