'N Fonnie Bisnis: The Yankee Dutch World of Loe Verlak, Peenter, Peeperhenger, Dikkereeter, Sage

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2005 - Humor - 150 pages

This work is a celebration of Yankee-Dutch, the combination language unwittingly adopted by thousands of Holland-Americans after immigration. Written in English with Dutch spellings, ‚€˜N Fonnie Bisnis follows the adventures of Loe Verlak, the prototypical Dutch immigrant as he gets into all sorts of “funny business” roaming around the Dutch community. The fourteen vignettes touch on a wide variety of Dutch life, from Sunday school picnics through everyday jobs to the joys and trials of marriage.

Included is a forward by George.G. Harper in plain English that places Nieland‚€™s book in its context as a glimpse into an ethnic enclave that has since been forever transformed by the passage of time. This title comes recommended for anyone interested in the story of Dutch Americans, their language and the landscape of a culture transformed.


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Page xi - ... a good representation of the period in which it was written, the 19205 of Clarence Darrow, Bertrand Russell, flappers and ginflasks and all that. The exhaustive and accurate glossary at the end of the book, a labor of Dirk's own "goed wijf,

About the author (2005)

Dirk Nieland (1886?) was born in the Netherlands and accompanied his parents on the long immigrant journey to Grand Rapids. He began his career in furniture manufacturing, eventually becoming an important business owner in the city. Mr. Nieland took great satisfaction in writing sketches of Dutch life in America, many of which have been collected and published in book form.

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