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Community made Fact Card:

New York, then called New Amsterdam, was originally a Dutch colony. Jan and Kees, common Dutch names, may be where we get the word Yankee. The very American words cookie and boss also come from Dutch.
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Hinoron

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4 years ago #9769060        
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I myself live in a Canadian city that was called "Berlin" up until WW2. It was originally settled mostly by German immigrants, well over a century prior, and still boasts having the 2nd largest Oktoberfest celebration in the world, right after Munich, Germany.
We renamed the city to "Kitchener" because we weren't comfortable having a city named after the capitol of the primary enemy we were at war with.
(And also because every time the American news were on about how they were going to "burn Berlin to the ground!" we local Canadian Berliners, WELL aware of how poor most Americans are at geography, got very, very nervous! O_O)

3 years ago #9810132        
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I thought cookie was a mesopotamian word...

3 years ago #9784462        
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If you visit Ellis Island on your New York trip, then you'll find a large section dedicated to the Dutch and their language and influences on 'Murican English.

5 years ago #9552161        
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Also the words sleigh, stoop, and waffles.

Karen

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6 years ago #9479357        
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Sagas: You can read the articles. You're using the term in a modern context, not a historic one.


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6 years ago #9473320        
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Not to forget none other than Santa Claus himself. His name derives from Sinterklaas, the Dutch incarnation of Saint Nicholas.

Karen

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