Survey: The Dutch Uncle

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Gastonw, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. Gastonw macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Let me first introduce myself: I'm a 18yo student in the Netherlands and I'm doing research for a school project. Normally I'm on a Dutch Apple Forum so that's how I knew MacRumors.

    Anyway; my school project is about how British people and Americans think about Dutch people, 'The Dutch Uncle' in particular. I would really appreciate it if you guys want to help me fill in this form (it will take less than a minute):

    The Dutch Uncle

    Thanks!
     
  2. neko girl macrumors 6502a

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    It seems like if you don't know what the term is the rest of the survey doesn't make any sense..
     
  3. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    I love being a Dutch Uncle, and I hardly get hit at all anymore.

    Too old. :(

    Mmmm, Dutch Apple Pie Forum. ;)

    Responded, but I am not American/British, I will have you know. :p
     
  4. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I've never heard the term before, although my Uncle Slagroomtaart is Dutch.
     
  5. xlii macrumors 68000

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    Haven't heard that term used since I was a kid. One of the issues here in the US is... how many of us know a Dutch person? Here many of us are of mixed decent... we don't really differentiate. I'm mixed from 4 different Northern European nationalities... so I just say I'm of European decent... as if they can't tell.

    Going back to a Monty Python show....

    This is what it taught me...

    The English are snobs...
    The Welsh are thieves...
    The Scots are stupid and stubborn...
    The Irish are drunks...

    Of course none of it is true... and I should know... I'm part 3 of them.
     
  6. torbjoern macrumors 65816

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    Interesting survey - I have never heard about the Dutch Uncle before.
     
  7. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Understandable, it comes from my time.

    I like someone who tells it like it is, as long as it comes as an honest attempt to help.

    Dutch Uncles can be wrong too, naturally, but at least they tried.
     
  8. torbjoern macrumors 65816

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    Sometimes we think that people try to harm us when they are only trying to help us. If they are right, there is no reason to be angry - and if they are wrong, there is even less reason to be angry. It all depends on to what extent the person sincerely attempts to help us or not, and therefore we should also give the other the benefit of the doubt (which I almost never do myself, but that's another story).
     
  9. bartelby macrumors Core

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    :eek:

    Back in the mists of time eh?
     
  10. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Looking on Wikipedia (for what it's worth) the phrase appears to have it's origin in the 17th Century Anglo-Dutch Wars – if this is what iJH classes as his time, that means he's far younger than any of us thought. :eek:
     
  11. pivo6 macrumors 68000

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    I've never heard of the term before and all of my uncles are Dutch, and living in the Netherlands.
     
  12. xlii macrumors 68000

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    Here in the US we have another saying that is much more common and current... Dutch treat...
     

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