The origin of the phrase can be traced back to a time when England and the Netherlands fought constantly over trade routes and political boundaries during the 17th century.

The British used the term Dutch in a number or derogatory or demeaning ways, including Dutch courage (bravery through alcohol) and Dutch treat, which was actually no treat at all.

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During a romantic dating situation, however, the suggestion to go Dutch may not be as well received.

Many people agree to going Dutch as a tactful way to level the financial playing field.

The Dutch were said to be very stingy with their wealth, almost miserly.

While many of these derogatory Dutch references fell out of common usage, Americans did retain the idea of a "Dutch treat" when a number of German (Deutsch) immigrants arrived.

Some couples, however, are very comfortable with the decision to go Dutch, especially during early casual dates.

By agreeing on a Dutch date, neither party feels obligated or indebted romantically to the other party for picking up the entire bill.

Nowadays, of course, we tend to eat These fritters are like a cross between apple pie and donuts: the outside golden brown and crispy, and the apple on the inside is just cooked, while still retaining some bite.

They are traditionally served at New Year's Eve celebrations in the Netherlands, just before all those New Year's diet resolutions kick in. More ยป The 'banketstaaf' is a traditional Dutch pastry, served at Christmas time.

Traditionally, the person who invites a companion for dinner or other entertainment is obligated to pick up the entire tab.