This Is the Origin Behind the Expression "Going Dutch"
Do you know why we use this phrase to mean splitting a bill?
You've likely heard the phrase "let's go Dutch." But have you ever stopped to ask yourself,"what does going Dutch mean?" Whether on a date or ordering takeout with girlfriends, you've probably practiced the art of going Dutch countless times in your personal life.
But, where, precisely, does this strange phrase come from, you wonder? Thankfully, our friends at Reader's Digest recently dove into the origins of the mysterious saying. The phrase can be traced back to the 17th and 18th centuries when German-speaking folks arrived in the United States, and many settled in Pennsylvania. "In Europe at that time, 'High Dutch' was a nickname for people living in some parts of Germany...The 'Dutch' moniker stuck over in the United States, where these people began to be called the Pennsylvania Dutch," explains Meghan Jones in the piece. "Apparently, the Pennsylvania Dutch quickly developed a reputation for never leaving a debt unpaid. They would always pay their own share at restaurants and taverns, never owing anyone any money." Hence, the phrase "going Dutch" caught on as a way to mean individuals covering their own activity or restaurant expenses, and it's now a common expression.
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