Sticks and stone series: Racist slurs for the Dutch

  • Black Pete?dutch person wearing blackface.
  • Cheese-Eater?used mostly by Germans.
  • Cheesehead?used by Germans during WWII
  • Cloggie?referring to their wooden clogs
  • Dicksuckinflog?16th Century term for prostitutes accused of witchcraft.

Black Pete is a widely beloved figure in the Netherlands. An October 2013 poll found that 91 percent of Dutch people believe “the tradition should not be changed to suit the tastes of a minority” and 81 percent oppose changing the colour of Black Pete.

  • Dyke The country owes its existence to the many dykes that were used to reclaim land from the sea, also from the story of the Dutch boy who used his finger to plug a leaking dyke to save his town. Van Dyk/Dijk/Dyke is also a very distinctive Dutch last name.
    Because of all the dykes in Holland, Dutch farmers used to use long wooden poles to pole-vault from one section of farmland to another.
  • Hollowhead?“Holland” originally comes from the words “Hollow Land” because it’s so flat
  • Kaaskop?Dutch for “Cheese head”. Refers to improvised helmets made of cheese buckets, as worn by militant farmers during the?80-year war.
  • Kees?Flemish for “cheese”. Also a very common name in Holland (and possibly also Flanders); it is a shortened form of the name “Cornelis”. It is sometimes spelt “Cees”.
  • Lowlander?The Netherlands are below sea level.
  • Tulip chomper They have lots of tulips
  • Marsh Nigger?The Netherlands is a very marshy country

Dutch soccer fans gather prior to the World Cup group E soccer match between the Netherlands

  • Orangie?The national Dutch colour is Orange
  • Peter Pan/Tinkerbell?The Dutch live in the Netherlands (Neverland)
  • Windmill Winder?They have lots of windmills
  • Woodies?They’re known to wear wooden shoes