(At that point in time, in the early 1500s, the Netherlands and parts of Germany, along with Belgium and Luxembourg, were all part of the Holy Roman Empire.) Specifically the phrase “High Dutch” referred to people from the mountainous area of what is now southern Germany.
The term was so widely used that when they became a formal, separate country in 1815, they became the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east. In this last part of the series, I’ll round off with a random trivia about Holland – things that didn’t fit in first 6 parts of the series.As we’ve discussed before, if you live in Michigan, you may consider yourself a Michigander or a Michiganian.
(Check it out.) But why are demonyms so various and seemingly random? The word “demonym” was coined by Paul Dickson, an editor at Merriam-Webster, in his 1997 book Labels for Locals.The depth of our connection is made more real than ever with this world trip.