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How do you say Dutch in Dutch?

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Zach Chandler on June 21, 2018

'Dutch' is 'Open' in Dutch, The English, the word is derived from "Diets". The Dutch is based on Frankish, but that term has vanished in the mists of time, or at least it seems that way. Nederland simply means low (lower) of the earth, surviving in the term Low Countries (including Belgium, where another form of Low German is spoken, known as Flemish (Vlaams) and, of course, in Bob Dylan's ballad "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" - an ode to chanteuse Nico whom Dylan mistook for a Dutch lady (she was German). Double Dutch refers to unintelligible speech, as the Dutch is peppered with guttural, fricative, sounding like a commercial for Fisherman's Friend, as an English pal, he joked on one occasion.


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