>I've yet to see any evidence that <Täuberich> andOnly in the sense "Männchen" (Männeken) of the OHG trahho
><Gänserich> contain a diminutive suffix. Or for that matter
>that they're relevant at all, since both are late creations.
(<*drako) in forming OHG an(t)trahho > NHG Enterich.
(BTW, in Bavarian, die Ente = de Ant'n.)
Gänserich, Täuberich, Mäuserich are formed according to the
Otherwise -rich simply means masculine. Note that even in
today's standard German male and female animals are called
Männchen & Weibchen.
Wüterich ("extremely furious; cruel") seems to follow another
pattern: OHG wuoterich.
Fähnrich existed in OHG as... faneri.
So these have in common with Friedrich, Ulrich, Dietrich,
Dittrich, Heinrich, Erich, Helfrich, Wintrich etc. the fact
that -rich is perceived as a masculine ending. (At least as
it has been in MHG and NHG.)
> > And a bit earlier, Denmark lostFound it
> > some areas to Germany (perhaps it resented
> > losing Hannover as well).
> We have never had Hannover, and nobody here resented losing German-
> speaking Holstein, other than perhaps the royal family. What they
> did resent was losing the once completely, then partially Danish-
> speaking Schleswig, to the degree the Kaiser Wilhelm was getting the
> cold shoulder at
> whenever the family (
> had managed to marry off one daughter
> to the king of England and another
> to the tsar of Russia) met there every summer, because the Germans
> were attempting to eindeutschen the Danes in Schleswig, which didn't
> happen, to the consternation of the Germans, since they believed the
> Danes would happily accept becoming Germans (there was a famous
> cartoon in a satirical magaziene here then: Kaiser Wilhelm had sent
> a telegram to the Royal family after having been to Fredensborg, to
> the effect that he felt as a 'Sohn des Hauses'; the cartoon, with
> the caption 'En SÃ¸n af Huset', was of the Kaiser sitting like a kid,
> and dressed as such, with his familiar Schnurrbart, at the foot of
> the throne, in a sort of arranged family tableau in the style of the
> time). I suspect Gustaff Kossinna's idea of picking Demmark as the
> home of all Germanic peoples came from some desire to placate the
> Danes, it doesn't fit the linguistic and archaeological facts.
Mostly OT, so I'll stop this thread here.