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Old 09 May 2017, 04:47 AM
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It used to be a name for "the language spoken by the people" as opposed to Latin, the language of the church. "German" in German is "Deutsch", which is the same word.
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Old 09 May 2017, 05:27 AM
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We have Oranda in Japanese meaning the Netherlands and Igirisu meaning the UK. Those are the actual (if not strictly official) names. In English, calling the Netherlands Holland is like calling the UK England except, well, there actually is a country called England whereas there isn't one called Holland and hasn't been one since, well, before the Japanese language borrowed those terms from Portuguese, hundreds of years ago.
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It used to be a name for "the language spoken by the people" as opposed to Latin, the language of the church. "German" in German is "Deutsch", which is the same word.
Which is why the Amish are sometimes known as the Pennsylvania Dutch.
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Old 09 May 2017, 04:27 PM
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...even though your home country has about the population of New York State...
...Which really ought to have been called New Amsterdam State.
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That's nobody's business but the Turks.

ETA: I know, but it's funnier this way.

Last edited by GenYus234; 09 May 2017 at 05:00 PM. Reason: Corrected lyric
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I would have gone with "People just liked it better that way."
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Old 09 May 2017, 08:49 PM
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And I see that this forum is filled with people who think they might be giants.
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