Told the husband and he had no idea either Anglos really did that to us
Ah yes Germany, a dozen-odd duchies in a trench coat somehow doing a really good job of being a state. No one can agree what to call it tho
@ljwrites welsh: "fuck this"
@alpine_thistle I'm going to assume that's a literal translation
@ljwrites "what if every country was Germany, mapped"
joking about war
@lawremipsum I seem to remember a couple of wars happened over that 🤔
uuuu that looks creepy,
looks like germany hab conquered europe and thats the map with the local names.... :|
@Donkey_Shot oh God never even thought of that 😱
Yep. What's amusing is that in Russian they split the difference. Germany gets called Germany, but Germans are called Nemetz which roughly now means "foreigner" and literally "mute"
@zzz I guess it's a mercy they didn't decide to extend that to the country 😬 also I'm taking a wild guess that Germans' command of Russian was unimpressive during early contact
@anarchiv Because originally "Dutch" referred to all speakers of West Germanic languages on the continet. And yes, it comes from the same root as "Deutsch". In the early modern era when the Netherlands turned into a colonial and trading power, they were the Dutch that Anglos talked about most because they were direct competition to them. So they had to come up with a different word for the other West Germanic speakers on the continent and settled on German
@schratze (as we've figured out downthread)
@anarchiv Ah sorry I could not be assed to read the whole thing
@schratze lol I know the feeling
@ljwrites Iceland also has Þjóðverjaland
@ljwrites I love how the blue area is more or less the germanic languages. And also, that the word used there (here) is derived from an old word meaning "people-ish".
@zatnosk Germanic peoples losing the "name Germany" contest
@ljwrites What's wrong with "people-land"? I hear it's a popular name in multiple cultures.
@zatnosk Nothing actually wrong with it, I'm just on a mission to bully Germany (sorry)
@ljwrites lol based
@ljwrites oh, I'm not at all offended, as a Dane we've been bullied plenty by Germany (it's their fault Denmark is christian), so I think they've got it coming.
@ljwrites The thing that confuse me is that it’s named “Deutchland” but they aren’t the dutch…
@lord I believe it's the other way around, evidently Dutch is a corruption of Deutsche and Hollanders got named after Germans for Reasons.
@ljwrites @lord the north and west germanic language families are closely related and Deutsche just means basically “people” in proto-germanic. So basically multiple nations went around calling themselves “we the people” and then shit got messy bc colonialism
(north germanic languages being Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Faroese)
@ljwrites I watch a youtube series called conlang critic and the host uses this as a test for how auxiliary languages approach endonyms/exonyms
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