Posted by Bill R on April 14, 2000 at 19:07:53:
In Reply to: Re:Dutch or Deutsch posted by Ilse on April 14, 2000 at 18:31:49:
: : : : But.....man I love it. Great food. Great cultural legacy.
: : : : Let's hear it for the Pennsylvania Dutch.
: : : : Bill R
: : : Hey!
: : : What exactly are the Pennsylvania Dutch? Geez, right, probably a stupid question..... But what the hell....
: : : Ilse
: : Hi Ilse!
: : Not a stupid question at all!!! What they are not; Dutch.
: : What they are; German.
: : Pennsylvania Deutschland ... Amish country ...
: : Now you get it, right???
: : E
: Hi Elaine!
: Yes!!! I was checking all these posts and thinking: Huh? Sounds more like a German diet to me....
: Dutchy Deutchschy Germany.... Okay guys, respect the difference... Or I will be so offended, you know? Just kidding :)
My fault Ilse. It's where I come from. Many Germans came into the early colony and established farms and towns in the interior.
They were, of course, German or Deutsch but are now called the Pennsylvania Dutch which is a corruption of the proper term. But then, their language is a corruption too...no longer pure German but a colloquial dialect. My mother and grandmother spoke it whenever they didnt want the kids understanding...so they never taught it to me, and when my grandmother died that opportunity was lost.
Many of the Pa. Dutch aren't Amish these days. An awful lot of them look like and act like you and I until they open their mouth. THEN you know!!
Would you like me to conjugate the word this? Dis Dat Dese Dose.
(this that these those)
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