Netherland and what would you call people from there?

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Quentin Kemmer asked a question: Netherland and what would you call people from there?
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Date created: Wed, Oct 6, 2021 5:49 PM
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  • Seeing as the country is called The Netherlands, and the people are called ‘Nederlands’ in their own language it might seem a little odd that in the English-language speaking world, we refer to people from this little European country as ‘Dutch’. The reason for this is quite interesting.

The Old English cousin to Dutch, thiod or theod, simply meant “people or nation.” (This also helps explain why Germany is called Deutschland in German.) Over time, English-speaking people used the word Dutch to describe people from both the Netherlands and Germany, and now just the Netherlands today.

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