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1. In English you can be as angry as a WASP. In Dutch people tend to be 'zo nijdig als' or 'as pissed as' 'een SPIN' , which is another creature altogether. Namely?
2. The English kill two BIRDS with one stone. The Dutch kill two ' VLIEGEN ' in one hit. What is meant by 'vliegen' ?
3. From the English point of view it's the WOLF who loses his teeth, but not his nature. In Dutch it's the 'VOS' who loses his hair, but not his bad habits. What is meant by VOS?
4. In England it may rain cats and dogs. In Holland it rains 'oude wijven'. What are 'oude wijven'?
5. The English say that when the cat is away, the mice will play. The Flemings are a little more precise and specify *where* they will play. Op TAFEL. What is een TAFEL?
6. The English take the BULL by the horns, the Dutch 'vatten de koe bij de horens'. Vatten is 'take' and 'horens' is of course horns.What is KOE in this saying?
7. When an Englishman talks nineteen to the dozen, the Dutchman jumps from the 'hak' (big branch) on to the 'tak' (branch) and the Fleming jumps from the 'os' (ox) onto the 'EZEL'. What is an 'EZEL'?
8. When the English make a mountain of a molehill, the Dutch make an elephant from 'een MUG'. What is 'een MUG'?
9. If somebody is not too brilliant the English idiom is : he or she won't set the Thames on fire. In Dutch such a person is said not to have invented 'het BUSKRUIT'. What is meant by 'buskruit'?
10. In England they say it' s too late to shut the stabledoor when the horse has gone. In Flanders they are more concerned with their cattle than with their horses ,and have the saying: It's too late to fill 'de PUT' when the CALF has drowned. What could 'een PUT' be in this context?
Source: Author flem-ish
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