What Italian name for a major European language derives from an old Germanic rootword meaning "of the people" that is also at the origin of the English name of another slightly less important European language?
#77240. Asked by Flem-ish. (Mar 14 07 10:15 PM)
Germanic word tiutisch (New High German deutsch = German), originally meaning belonging to the people
Italian for German is tedesco
Tiutisch is the source of the German word Deutsch, as well as the English word "Dutch"
Quite correct.ANother derivation is "Diets" referring to Flemish. It should be noted that Flemish nationalists between the two World Wars liked to use
the term Dietsland ( not Deutschland) for the Dutch speaking areas of Belgium. Some included the Dutch provinces in their idea of "Diets-land". The Germans tried to get some profit from this confusing terminology hoping to annex Flanders to their Third Reich.
Mar 15 07, 4:43 AM
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