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"Das Eichhoernchen" is "Het Eekhoorntje"
By Hans van Oost

I would like to congratulate Kevin Sheehan with his new street organ
(030812 MMDigest).  During the building we had some contact about
the type he wanted, and obviously the organ is a success!

I am wondering, however, why the organ received a German name.
Eichhoernchen is a German name and _not_ a Dutch name; in that case
it would have to be called "het eekhoorntje" (the little squirrel)
and it would be pronounced as ake-hoarntjah.  Please note that:

1. Deutschland is the German word for Germany; the inhabitants
are called Germans (Deutscher);

2. Nederland (neigh-dah-lahnd) is the Dutch word for the Netherlands;
the inhabitants are called Dutchmen (Nederlanders)!

In other words, I would kindly suggest to call this organ

Best regards from the Netherlands,

Hans van Oost (a Dutchman)

(Message sent Wed 13 Aug 2003, 21:25:53 GMT, from time zone GMT+0200.)

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