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Christophe Grandsire wrote:
>It reminds me of a Dutch expression. When something has been only
half-done, not
>finished and yet left like that, they say it has been done "in the French
way".
>I wish I could contradict them on that :( .


Ethnic slurs like that can be rather interesting.  I believe the French
refer to "the English vice"; in return the English get "the French pox".

I'm not sure how common these are in British Engl., but we have a number of
phrases (all somewhat derogatory) involving the Dutch:  Dutch treat, Dutch
uncle, Dutch wife.   I (and my childhood source) seem to be the only person
who's heard Dutch f*ck as in "gimme a D. f."-- to light one's cigarette from
someone else's. (A later, more generic version, goes "Put your hot one on my
cold one and make my cold one hot".)

I once worked for the NYC branch of a Dutch company; first day on the job a
co-worker quoted a little 4-line poem that ended "..........the Dutch,/ for
giving too little and asking too much."
(Apologies to the Rempts and to the entire Dutch nation, for whom I have the
highest respect.)