You might have heard the expression, "Going Dutch." Do you know what "Going Dutch" means and the origin of the expression?
"Going Dutch" indicates that each person participating in a group activity pays for himself, rather than any person paying for anyone else, particularly in a restaurant bill.
Going Dutch might also be called Dutch date or Dutch treat.
There are variations on the custom of going Dutch.
- Each person pays his own expenses.
- The entire bill is evenly split between all participants.
According to the Urban Dictionary, going Dutch in dating means both parties pay their own bills instead of always expecting the man to pay.
One suggestion is that the phrase originates from the concept of a Dutch door that consists of two equal parts
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, another explanation connects going Dutch to the rivalry and enmity between the English and Dutch in the 17th century during the period of the Anglo-Dutch Wars when the Dutch were known internationally as scrooges, cheap and selfish.
Usually when one goes Dutch, it refers to dining out; however, it could also refer to other things. For instance, a new trend is on the rise whereby couples are going Dutch for the diamond. Both the bride and the groom share the cost of the engagement ring.
Do you make it a habit to go Dutch?