Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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In what country do they speak "Nederlands"?

In mine. "The Netherlands" is English for "Nederland", and the language we speak is "Nederlands". Technically speaking, the English name for my language should be "Netherlandic", but this term is hardly used.

"Dutch" is a relic name, as it refers to a language that no longer exists ("Middle Dutch" or colloqually, "Diets", ~1100-1500).

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