Coldfire, say it ain't so...

From Sunday’s Boston Herald

Don’t city officials fear a Hippie Rebellion?

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark. Coldfire is Dutch. But he’s as qualified to comment on Denmark as anyone else, I guess. :wink:


I read that blurb, and immediately/inexplicably thought of Coldfire. I posted it, and then sat there and thought to myself almost exactly what you posted, Francesca. Oh, well. Geography was never my strongest subject.

That’s OK. With your username, it’s understandable.

Is Copenhagen in Oceania or Eurasia?

No Peace, No Pot!

Double bummer!

So are the hippies relocating, or will they just go their separate ways with nothing but their memories to carry them into their twilight years?

I’d just like to say that I am sick-to-death of people conflating the Dutch and Danish cultures.

One glance at a map of Eurpoe will reveal that these are two entirely different countries. And the difference is that the Dutch drug dealers would never dream of going on strike.

Mmmmm. Danish.


Ahem! - how about a Dane ?

Anyhoo, according to Copenhagen newspaper “Politiken”, the police noticed no increase in trading in other locarions. One officer commented that the strike was too short to have any effect, and that he wholeheartedly recommended the pushers trying again for much longer.

The hippie commune (“Christiania”) is apparently about to go legal, and that would mean kicking out the pushers. Some of the Chritianites consider that a pretty darn good idea - they may not be against marijuana per se, but they’re not happy with having a major city’s central pot-dealing location next door. The pushers apparently tried to demonstrate that if people couldn’t get pot in Christiania, dealers would pop up all over the city, and property values would fall or something. It probably sounded like a good idea at the time.

Anyway, the strike is over and the little booths are manned again, with their displays of varieties, pre-rolled joints for the busy shoppers and sales personnel who seem to be staring dreamily at something far, far away…

Okay, so the people in Denmark are Danes. The people in Holland, for some unfathomable reason, are called Dutch. But the people in Deutchland are called Germans.

Don’t feel too bad, Winston. I’m pretty sure this is all part of a European plot to make Americans look dumb.

Like we need the help.

Denmark, Danes; Netherlands, Dutch; Germans Deutsch; it’s all been bled dry on these very boards. All you need is a search function if only they’d give us one.

Oh, they did…

Can’t we just call 'em all Vikings, like in the good old days?

Yeah, but “Germans Deutsch” doesn’t follow the paradigm set forth in your first two examples. I must, regrettably, remain in the dark.


Paradigm? What paradigm? Sheesh. OK, open wide, here comes the aeroplane:

Why are there so many names for Germany, AKA Deutschland, Allemagne, etc.?

We’ve GOT to find out how come people keep associating Coldie rather than Norm with Hamletland(*)… we’ve had it happen like twice in the last week.

(* I just noticed that, with Greenland, the Danes seem to be the remaining European power with the largest land area in their overseas empire.)

But here in PA there are a goup of ethnic Germans who are called Dutch :eek:
Please make the confusion stop!!!

Pah. At least you know they’re on the same continent. :slight_smile:
I once had a US vendor tell me that I’d have to deal with their European distributor because “New Zealand is a scandinavian country”. :dubious:

That’s nothing. I once had a US vendor tell me they didn’t ship internationally when I ordered something to be shipped to New Mexico.

We’re only called “dutch” because the english* were too self centered to care to call us by a name that makes sense.

  • Amongst the Pennsylvania Germans**, or at least those where I live “english” is used to refer to anyone who is not Pennsylvania German… basically, it’s used as a synonym for “outsiders”. I do not now, nor have I ever had anything against the residents of England or those of British decent.

** “Pennsylvania German” is probably used more commonly now, then “Pennsylvania dutch”. At least among people who aren’t trying to sell ugly knick-knacks or pie. Our language is still called dutch though :slight_smile:

(Proud to belong to a group of people still holding on to their own language and cultural traditions after over 200 years)

(Sorry for the Hijack… back to confusing residents of the Netherlands with residents of Denmark now)

Heh. Here we go again. :slight_smile:

Pandora, doesn’t part of the “Pennsylvania Dutch” thing stem from the Menonites, who were at the very least a significant part of the early Amish population (I hope I’m not using “Amish” incorrectly here), and named after the Dutch priest Menno Simons?

See here for more details.

From what I’ve heard of your language, it sounds like a dialect based on German, with very little Dutch influences at all.