Chinese Tuesdays: Holland beans


Eating dinner last night, someone pointed to a dish containing snow peas and said, “You know how in China we call them Holland beans? [荷兰豆 hélándòu] In Holland they call them Chinese beans!” I expressed my opinion that this was unlikely to be true, but promised to ask a Dutch friend of mine.

He got back to me quickly and said that in a way it is true, because while technically snow peas are called something else, certain species of green beans are indeed called Chinese beans in Dutch. I wonder how that happened.

Every Tuesday on the Anthill, Sam Duncan posts a langauge titbit from his blog