Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Apr 2012 22:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless As I already said yesterday - a bit colourful to get me point across - this older article of mine has proven not to be as accurate as I thought it was, in light of a heap of new information. I want to offer some more background to all this.
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RE[3]: OT: Rests me to say
by henderson101 on Fri 27th Apr 2012 09:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: OT: Rests me to say"
henderson101
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2006-05-30

Firstly, this is actually a common myth. Secondly, the common myth states it was German (Deutsch), not Dutch (which is actually a misappropriated name anyway.) - though looking at Wikipedia, is seems there is a Dutch version also:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhlenberg_legend

Edit: and the "Dutch" spoken in Pennsylvania is actually German, just so that we are all clear :-)

Edited 2012-04-27 09:43 UTC

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RE[4]: OT: Rests me to say
by MOS6510 on Fri 27th Apr 2012 09:45 in reply to "RE[3]: OT: Rests me to say"
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2011-05-12

German would have been even worse anyway!

Despite it being a myth it did make some sense, as I assume a lot of Dutch lived in New York as it was Dutch before we got rid of it.

There is even a farm that bears my family name, although my family name isn't Dutch while I am.

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RE[5]: OT: Rests me to say
by henderson101 on Fri 27th Apr 2012 09:51 in reply to "RE[4]: OT: Rests me to say"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

It's always romantic to believe that your language or culture drove some bigger picture. We English like to cling to that - though the US cherry-picked the best parts of our language and culture (as well as any other culture they could) and then made the rest up on their own.

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