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Dutch Uncle


I will talk to you like a Dutch uncle. Will reprove you smartly. Uncle is the Latin notion of patʹruus, “an uncle,” “severe guardian,” or “stern castigator.” Hence Horace, 3 Od. xii. 3, “Metuentes patruæ verbera linguæ” (dreading the castigations of an uncle’s tongue); and 2 Sat. iii. 88, “Ne sis patruus mihi” (Donʹt come the uncle over me).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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