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Cookies, Coleslaw, and Stoops: The Influence of Dutch on the North American Languages

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“As a kid in New York’s Mohawk Valley I played along the laag kill, called out Kip, Kip, Kip! to our chickens at feeding time, talked to friends on their stoeps after school, and got winklehawks in my blue jeans from scrambling through barbed wire fences. It wasn’t until years later that I realized how many Dutch expressions survived in my dialect. This book is a linguistic treasure chest for anyone who grew up in the area covered by the Dutch colony of New Netherland.”

(Charles Gehring, New York State Library)

About the Author

Nicoline van der Sijs is a linguist and a coeditor of the multi-volume Dutch Etymological Dictionary.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Amsterdam University Press (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9089641246
  • ISBN-13: 978-9089641243
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An entertaining and informative book especially for anyone who loves Dutch culture or is interested in American history and language. The author traces Dutch Immigration to America, shows where the largest settlements led to numerous Dutch Place names still in use today and lists the origins of numerous words contributed by Dutch immigrants to English still in use today. Important words like waffle,noodles,turkey,caboodle and the all important cookieStroopwafels - 20 Dutch Caramel Syrup Waffle Cookies.
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"Cookies, Coleslaw, and Stoops" is full of interesting information but is a very slow read -- not due to its content, but because translator Piet Verhoeff could have used a much stronger American English editor. The book also needed a better design team.

Some notes:

Word order is often unidiomatic, littered with choppy fragments separated by commas.
Phrases are sometimes awkward, such as: "with in brackets the date since when they have been known".
Some words assumed to be commonplace are actually regionalisms or out of use, such as "dominie".
British words and phrases are occasionally used rather than American ones.
Sometimes whole words are separated, perhaps under the assumption that American words do not conjoin like Dutch ones, such as "paper boy" instead of "paperboy".
The books shifts unexpectedly from formal to colloquial and back.
Cross-references are relatively useless, providing sections rather than page numbers (there is no electronic edition).
The book's design often juxtaposes illustrations and captions and text in such a way that the reader must search for the continued sentence at page turns.
There is no index (again, there is no electronic edition, making a printed index essential).
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We have to educate more Americans on the fact that the Dutch Influence in this great nation is so big!
Yes, coleslaw and the words cookies and stoops are but a few examples. You will be surprised to learn more!
Highly recommend this and it should be common for teaching history too.
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Explains words in the English language that come from the Dutch language. The author explains how over the course of time these words have evolved into our present day language.
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I bought this as a Chrsitmas gift for someone who requested it. She enjoyed the book.
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