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Old 10-22-2019, 12:14 PM
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See if this article from Britannica is more enlightening.

Long story short, High and Low in this context refer to altitude. High German originated as a dialect of the mountain folk, Low German originated near the coast. You could very loosely think of it as the difference between British English and Scottish English, with the reversal being that in Germany, the mountain folk "won out" by having their dialect become the "standard" dialect. If you take German as a foreign language, you'll be studying High German mostly.