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Here’s how the Dutch keep their heads above water

Water, both zoet (sweet, fresh) and zout (salty), has always been a loyal companion and profoundly distrusted rival of the Dutch. As a simultaneous friend and enemy of the people who inhabited the North Sea coast and riverland, water not only defined the landscape of the Netherlands, it also defined the language. Here are five words that can help you understand the struggles the Dutch have had to wage in order to keep their heads above water.