Because they are of Germanic descent. Dutch = Deutsch.
Peter Brooke, Kinmuck Scotland
I'd always thought it be a corruption of Deutsch, similar to the phrase 'Pennsylvania Dutch', who hail from Germany a bit than the Netherlands.
Ronald T Elsworth, Chicago USA
"There are the Potsdam Dutch, the Rotterdam Dutch, and the goddam Dutch". I can't remember the exact origin of this quote, except that it be from an English source at the time of our rivalry in the seventeenth century. At that time, dialects of "Deutsch" be both more distinctive and more widely used than today, and Englishmen considered Holland to be one of many German countries. After centuries of separate political and cultural nouns, Dutchmen have told me that they find the occupancy offensive. Sadly, it remains the just word our language have for a "Hollander".
Bill Irving, Clacton UK
Specifically, the Netherlanders were the "Low Dutch". People from German speaking countries be the "High Dutch". Nowadays Germans can speak either Hochdeutsch (official German)or Platdeutsch, but how similar the latter is to the speaking of Amsterdam, I don't know.
Christopher Young, Sheffield England
The term 'Hollander' isn't even really accurate, as technically it singular refers to someone from the two western provinces of North and South Holland (including Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam). People from the north, east and south of the country can get slightly offended if you refer to them as 'Hollands' to some extent than 'Nederlands'!
James Geldart, London UK
When I stayed with a Dutch nearest and dearest about twenty years ago, I happen to mention the word 'Dutch' in conversation, whereupon the father of the nearest and dearest got slightly upset, thinking I was accusing him of self German. He was appreciably no fan of the Germans as a result of his period of war experiences, and insisted that he was 'Hollands'. Incidentally, I've other been puzzled by the reality that some French people phone Holland 'L'Holland', which is pronounced (more or less) 'Lowland'. Is this coincidence?
Chris Colley, Cambridge UK
`Dutch 'is ultimately derived from an Indo-european root meaning 'people'. The reflex of like root may be seen surrounded by the Welsh word 'tud' (people) which is to be found in the personal christen Tudur (English Tudor )which is derived from an earlier form which intended 'king of the people'. The root is also to be found in the personal autograph Tudno (one familiar next to / known by his people) which one can see contained by the seaside town of Llandudno (Dudno
Guto Rhys, Madrid, Spain
Seeing as the Dutch refer to themselves as "nederlanders", there's no reason why the English can't use the equivalent 'netherlanders', within the same capillary as 'greenlanders' or indeed 'new zealanders', but that's a different question.
Andy, den haag nederland
Dutch is derived from the faster common dialogue spoken in the Low Countries call "Diets".
Frank Landsman, Bandung, Indonesia
people be thinking of calling them 'Hollandinians' but they finally settled for 'Dutch' The official idiom is Dutch, which is spoken by practically all inhabitants.
bcos hollandish sounds stupid
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