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CHAT Re: Dutch v or f (was: Grimm's Law)

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Wednesday, April 24, 2002, 21:28
Maarten wrote:
>In Dutch, we have a very famous invented word, namely the word "fiets" for >bicycle. It was invented by the participant of a contest in the first half >of this century, where the contest was specifically intended to yield a new >word for this invention. >
I wonder if that was possibly influenced by the popular US (vaudevillean ~parodied) Negro expression, "Feets, do yo' stuff!", said when exiting hastily. Might date from the same period