December 16, 2003

The Netherlands Must Be A Wonderful Place To Live

I mean, the crime rate must be fantastically low if the police have time to arrest guys for whistling at women or refusing to carry a shopping basket.

Posted by Chris at December 16, 2003 12:13 PM

Category: Official Stupidity

It's not Holland but THE NETHERLANDS! And indeed The Dutch do behave far more criminel outside The Netherlands then At Home. Hoi.

Posted by: Dick Ettema at December 16, 2003 12:24 PM

Whoops! You are of course correct. I've fixed the title.

I really should know better - I grew up not far from Holland, Michigan, in a part of the state with a large population of Dutch-descended folks (indeed, the 'V' section of the local phone book was one of the largest). They were always sticklers for the proper names: "Holland is a town. The Netherlands is a country."

Posted by: Chris at December 17, 2003 01:05 PM

Wasn't there a Quayle-ism that talked about American relations with the "Nether Regions" and other European nations?

Posted by: chess h at December 18, 2003 08:55 AM

Thank you, Chris. I must still change it on my weblog Frotland. I gave notice of your article, so now you are worldfamous. Lol. Curious detail: many people who live in the county North- and South-Holland talk about Holland and do mean The Netherlands. Geographic arrogance, so to speak. Hoi.

Posted by: Dick at December 18, 2003 11:29 AM