Posted by Ilse on April 07, 1998 at 14:38:26:
In Reply to: Musings on the Dutch posted by Gayle on April 07, 1998 at 11:03:23:
: Need assistance on another clue to the Natty Bumppo puzzle (hopefully not so obscure as "anan"). Is the word "younker" a Dutch term? It might be meant in the sense of a "youngster", or it might refer to Dutch people, generally, in New York. Would Yonkers, New York have the root of its name there?
: I thought it might refer to "Yorkers" - the New Englanders who were so distained by the frontier self-styled aristocracy, but I'm inclined to think not, because Natty used Yorkers as a perfectly separate term and put it in dialect.
Great, great, great, I get to answer a question!!! Yes, I do believe this is a Dutch word, I think it's "jonker", or the more formal version "jonkheer". It means to a young nobleman. Would that make sense in the context you found it?
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